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UC Davis scientists win grants for novel water projects

Mike Miller, UC Davis genetics researcher

Two UC Davis researchers have each been awarded a $60,000 grant to initiate California river projects. 

Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, and Michael Miller, an assistant professor of genetics, are among 11 recipients announced Friday (March 7) by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

Robo-copter elevates watershed mapping

The center's Cosumnes Research Group expects to save much time and effort surveying Sacramento area watersheds by air rather than on foot, using a hobbyist's low-flying rotocraft mounted with a camera and GPS unit. Joanna Nguyen, a UC Davis sophomore, produced the video — her first as a center videographer.

April 25: UC Drought Summit at State Capitol

Consumes River near Sacramento, Feb. 9, 2014

The Center for Watershed Sciences is organizing faculty from all UC campuses and other California universities to present a daylong Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit on April 25 at the State Capitol.

Registration opens April 1 at

The summit will bring together a wide range of experts in water sciences, water management and policymaking for thoughtful discussion on how best to manage current and long-term water shortages.

California drought lessons: what works, what doesn't

US Drought Monitor/california_map/Feb. 18, 2014

Past droughts show that the current water shortage is not only a challenge, but also "an opportunity for making California's water system better able to support its cities, farms and environment," says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Hanak's comments appeared recently in the San Francisco Chronicle as an Op-Ed co-authored by Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, and Jeffrey Mount, center co-founder and a PPIC senior fellow.

Engineering resilience to climate change

Joshua Viers, UC Merced

In the environment magazine Ensia, Center for Watershed Sciences affiliates Joshua Viers and Sarah Null discuss research aimed at helping California dam operators figure out how to dial in suitable temperatures and flows to sustain native fish in a warming climate.

Lund honored for 'lasting impacts' in water resources

Jay Lund, director, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

The Universities Council of Water Resources has named Jay Lund winner of its 2014 Warren A. Hall Medal. The award recognizes research, teaching and public service that have made "significant and lasting impacts" upon the field of water resources. Lund is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis. Read more

Jan. 14 talk: 'Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainability'

William C. Clark

William C. Clark of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government will talk about how UC Davis and other academic institutions can transform knowledge into action for sustainability. The free public talk is part of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The Center for Watershed Sciences is a co-sponsor of the event.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 14., 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: Multipurpose Room, Student Community Center, UC Davis


Jan. 6: Pioneer of 'reconciliation ecology' kicks off winter speakers series

Michael Rosenzweig

Join us Monday, Jan. 6, for a public lecture and conversation on "reconciliation ecology" with Michael Rosenzweig, a University of Arizona ecologist and evolutionary biologist who has inspired, entertained and provoked professional and lay audiences alike with his ideas for saving species in a post-wild world.

Lund on Delta tunnels: Really not about taking more water from others


In an Associated Press interview Monday (Dec. 9, 2013) the Center director Jay Lund said the goal of the state's Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not to increase the amount of water being sent to cities and Central Valley farms, but to make the conveyance less environmentally damaging.

Are Central Valley steelhead really 'threatened'?

Wild steelhead on Feather River by Carson Jeffres

Peter Moyle has been documenting the status of California native fishes for as long as the United States has had an Endangered Species Act. That would 40 years, as of this month. In today's California Water Blog post, the UC Davis professor of fish biology makes a case for removing the Central Valley steelhead from the federal government's list of species threatened or endangered with extinction - based on new information that became available because of the law.

Dec. 6: Calif. Indian tribes in regional water planning

Join Danielle Dolan for presentations and discussion on effective tribal collaboration in California regional water planning Friday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the UC Davis Student Community Center's multipurpose room. 

Discussion panelists include California tribal representatives, leaders in water management and state Department of Water Resources staff. The event caps Dolan's research project for her M.S. in Community Development.

Nov. 18: Restoring floodplains for a changing climate

Mary Matella is scheduled to present "Floodplain restoration planning for a changing climate: Coupling flow dynamics with ecosystem benefits" at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the 3rd floor conference room of Ghausi Hall at UC Davis.

Matella is a doctoral student at UC Berkeley's Department of of Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Her presentation is one in a series of Asano Seminars organized by the UC Davis Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Rice fields fatten salmon with all-you-can-eat bug buffets

Rice fields in California’s Yolo Bypass provide an all-you-can-eat bug buffet for juvenile salmon seeking nourishment on their journey to the sea.

That’s according to a new report detailing the scientific findings of an experiment that planted fish in harvested rice fields earlier this year, resulting in the fattest, fastest-growing salmon on record in the state’s rivers.

An engineer, journalist, lawyer and politician walk into a Delta debate...

The Delta is not just a canteen to supply water...its a place that a lot of people live and work and call home," said Kip Lipper, top environmental consultant for Senate President Darrell Steinberg, speaking at an Oct. 15 public forum on the future of fresh water in California.