In January, when California was facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages.
“While the water picture has improved since January, we are still experiencing severe drought conditions,” said Doug Parker, director of the UC California Institute for Water Resources. “The drought summit will provide information about UC's contribution to drought solutions in both the near term and long term.”
The free public summit will bring together a wide range of experts in water sciences, water management and policymaking from UC campuses and other California institutions to discuss immediate and long-term water management strategies. They will cover topics ranging from agricultural production and employment to the California economy, energy production and use, fish and wildlife, water conservation, public health and wildfires. There will be water-saving advice for residents, farmers and business owners.
Barbara Allen-Diaz, UC vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Matthew St. Clair, UC sustainability manager, will open the event with a review of what UC is doing to conserve water.
“Given the UC's unique role and public service responsibility, we called for a summit of faculty from across our campuses and others to explore the best ways to mitigate effects of the current drought and prepare for future water shortages," UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in a jointly signed statement.
“We expect the summit will spur collaborative problem-solving engagements that outlast the current drought,” said Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, which is organizing the summit.
The discussion panels and presentations will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 4202 of the Capitol, followed by a reception at the UC Center Sacramento. To see the agenda and to register, visit http://drought.ucdavis.edu/UC%20Drought%20Summit.html.
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Californians currently use an average of 196 gallons of water per person per day, including all business operations other than agriculture. The average household uses 30 percent of its water outdoors for landscaping and gardening. Inside the home, the majority is used in the bathroom. Just shortening your daily shower by a minute or two can save as much as 700 gallons of water every month!
Did you know that if everyone in the state reduced her or his water consumption by 10 gallons a month, California would save a total of 4.56 billion gallons every year?
The University of California is pledging to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Now we want to know, how are you conserving?
On May 8, 2014, we're asking you to tell us what you are doing to conserve water.
Have you started to take shorter showers? Invested in low-flow faucets and toilets? Let your grass go brown or swapped it for drought-tolerant landscaping? If you're a farmer, do you use new, higher-efficiency irrigation technology?
Maybe you already are conserving water; maybe you aren't. Either way, we want to know about it — and remember, in a survey like this there's no wrong answer. Your answers will help create a clearer picture of what all of us are doing — and can do — to protect our water resources.
Build a more secure future for you and your community in five simple steps:
On May 8, 2014, go online and visit the map at beascientist.ucanr.edu/water.
Enter your ZIP Code or zoom to your current location on the map.
Click on your location.
Use the online checklist to select all of the ways you are conserving water.
Attach a photo showing how you're conserving water!
Visit beascientist.ucanr.edu to learn more about this project and record your observations.
For an overview, see the video below:
Content of this post by the education team: Steven Worker, Melissa Womack, Marisa Neelon, Karey Winfield-Royas, Pam Kan-Rice and Jennifer Rindahl. Video production by Alberto Hauffen.
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