World Water Initiative

World Water Initiative

Water Conservation Solutions & Innovations Applying California's drought solutions to global water issues

Water connects us all—on campus, across California and globally. Ensuring clean, sustainable water is an urgent challenge. For more than a century, California stakeholders have addressed the complex challenges of the California drought while building one of the world’s largest economies and striving to protect the state’s diverse ecosystems. California has developed expertise and unique policy tools—a model of innovative water science and management.

Opinion: California Needs to Explore New Approaches to Water

January 18, 2019

New scientific research over the past few decades has taught us better ways to help struggling fish populations. Scientists throughout the state have determined that the water-only approach to helping fish favored by the State Water Board simply may not be the best solution. As Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Science at UC Davis said, “Simply increasing river flow represents a sort of a scientific laziness related to the ‘fish-gotta-swim’ theory of environmental flows, like the more water you give them, the more of them there are going to be to swim.”

Thousands in the San Joaquin Valley Have Unsafe Drinking Water, But Clean Water Is Close

March 12, 2018
Tens of thousands of people living in the San Joaquin Valley’s unincorporated, rural, low-income communities have unsafe drinking water pouring from their taps. That water is delivered from a patchwork of community water systems that often don’t meet state or federal standards for drinking water, or from private wells that are not tested.

Run of the River

December 07, 2017
UC Davis Researchers Bring Water Expertise Across Borders to Help a Region Impacted by Catastrophic Floods