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Dry fields and orchard looking at the barren California coastal hills

Get water-smart with California Drought Watch

By Paul Hosley

Whether you’re a cattle rancher, kayaker or gardener, the drought is putting on the squeeze.

What’s the drought doing to the cost of groceries? How are farmers growing their crops? Can you go fishing or river rafting? 

At UC Davis, we’re answering these questions and more through our new website: California Drought Watch.

“One of the defining traits of UC Davis is our profound commitment to finding solutions to the world’s toughest problems, and no problem in California right now is tougher than the historic drought we are facing,” says UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.  

California Drought Watch brings together UC Davis’ globally renowned resources in water sciences, management and law to ensure that policymakers and the general public alike have access to the knowledge, research and technologies that are crucial to addressing this monumental challenge.

You’ll learn about the latest drought management tools from UC Davis experts and water organizations throughout the state.

  • Find out how the UC Davis campus is cutting back on water consumption and check out the real-time water use chart created by UC Davis students.
  • Hear how the drought is impacting ranchers in our Voices From the Drought  podcast series.
  • Learn about the upcoming University of California Drought Summit  in Sacramento.
  • Go on a Virtual California Water Tour with UC Davis researchers.
  • Discover your own water footprint through a personal water calculator.
  • Read how drought myths are debunked through science.
  • You’ll also get daily California drought news headlines that feature our water experts.

“Policymakers and the public need to see, not just be told, that UC Davis is a go-to place on drought,” says Jay Lund, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. “This site should help draw together the wide range of work done on drought and related subjects from all across the campus.”

We invite you to bookmark the drought site and check back for drought management strategies from the UC Davis water conservation, agricultural, economics and environmental sciences community.

UC Davis photographer Gregory Urquiaga took this photo in February 2014 of dry fields and bare trees at Panoche Road near San Joaquin in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Paul Hosley, editor of California Drought Watch, is a multimedia journalist who has spent his life swimming, fishing and sailing Northern California waterways.

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