Parched West is using up underground water

Stephanie Castle, MURP '13 (Master in Urban and Regional Planning), and a team of researchers from UCI and NASA, have released a study that found more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. "We don't know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don't know when we're going to run out," states Castle.

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Dave Feldman's Water UCI chosen as 2014 interschool academic initiative

The campus-wide initiative will serve as a coordinating vehicle to facilitate seamless collaboration across campus units around questions of fundamental and applied water science, technology, management, and policy.  Water UCI will have as its central mission the provision of a platform to permit access to external constituencies, including public agencies and user-groups with an interest in water, that wish to connect to UCI researchers on large-scale, complex problems more effectively.