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The goal of the Water Resources Group is to foster communication and collaboration, develop new research synergies, quickly and effectively inform policy makers about the latest in science, technology and policy options, and communicate and work with the private sector and the public to develop sustainable water resources in southern California.

“Bringing together water resource experts in technologies, research, law and policy from the Southern California region and beyond. ”

About the UCLA Water Resources Group

The UCLA Water Resources Group brings together water resource experts from across the UCLA campus and water resources researchers, managers and policy makers from beyond the campus.

Interdisciplinary research, education and public service is at the heart of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. UCLA faculty created the IoES because they realized that they needed other disciplinary expertise to solve critical problems in the environment—they could not do it by themselves. The seven core research centers at the IoES were created by leading faculty across the campus who wanted to collaborate to do cutting edge cross disciplinary research, from understanding how sustainable development and conservation of tropical forests can co-exist to how businesses can reduce their footprint on the environment and remain competitive. Almost every water solution that can be developed requires some technology, but cannot be done without understanding the political and social culture, the economics, the water science and engineering and the law. UCLA has expertise across all of those areas and the aim of the Water Resources Group is to bring them together.

There is enormous water expertise across many disciplines at UCLA. The UCLA Water Resources Working Group is increasing communications between water experts of all stripes, and identifying opportunities for researchers and students to engage on important, interdisciplinary water research that will provide solutions to water problems. Water sustainability is a major challenge all over the world, including the Los Angeles region, home to UCLA. By bringing together UCLA faculty and researchers water experts across disciplines, and engaging our students, the UCLA Water Resources Working Group can increase the overall capacity experts have to together on complex water challenges.

For more information please contact Madelyn Glickfeld



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Can California’s Water Ever Be Sustainable?
With a growing population, ongoing drought, and the increasing impact of climate change, California has no choice but to better manage its limited water resources. We’ve seen the consequences of mismanagement through a degrading delta ecosystem, overdraft of groundwater basins statewide, and numerous farms without water allocations. Clearly we cannot continue in this vein. Mark Gold, acting director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, moderates a panel with Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Felicia Marcus, chair, State Water Resources Control and Ellen Hanak, senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California.
February 5, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Depleting the water

Lesley Stahl reports on disturbing new evidence that our planet's groundwater is being pumped out much faster than it can be replenished

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