California Institute for Water Resources
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California Institute for Water Resources

California Institute for Water Resources

Drought resources

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In the midst of historic drought, California’s academic institutions serve as a tremendous resource.

Visit our drought pages for events, experts, and informational resources.


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Fulfilling our mission

“As California faces its worst drought in decades, water supply and quality for agricultural, urban, and environmental systems has become one of our biggest challenges. UC's California Institute for Water Resources is vital to integrating California’s research, extension, and education programs to help mitigate the current problem and develop practical long-term solutions.”

Secretary Karen Ross, California Department of Food and Agriculture 
Secretary John Laird, California Natural Resources Agency


Projects that make a difference

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Temporary streams are important habitat for salmon and trout, but are vulnerable to reduced water flows.
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Optimizing treatment strategies for removing harmful hexavalent chromium from drinking water.
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Improving crop productivity through innovative irrigation management is increasingly imperative.
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Monitoring hydroclimate extremes helps decision-makers reduce famine in developing countries.
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