Solving Water Challenges through Engaged and Collaborative Research
UC Davis Faculty member Jay Lund knows complex problems can only be solved when a team works together. As the director for the Center for Watershed Sciences, the state’s leading academic institute on water management, Lund has been living this philosophy by working with teams of researchers to solve one of California’s most pressing challenges—how to supply enough clean water to support the state’s diverse and growing urban, rural and recreational water needs in an environmentally sustainable way.
These are complicated and complex issues that affect the lives of millions in California and have national impacts through the state’s agriculture and tourism businesses. The Center for Watershed Sciences is leading the way in resolving these problems by engaging teams of researcher to provide independent and comprehensive examinations of these problems and their solutions.
For years, the Center’s biologists, economists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, lawyers and others researchers have provided policy makers and the water community with objective scientific research and analytical insights needed to engage in effective discussions about solutions to California’s evolving water demands and conditions.
In 2013, the Center received a $10 million gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation enabling them to expand their collaborative research expertise, academic programs and research facilities thereby benefiting UC Davis faculty and students, the academic and water communities, state officials and the public at large.
“California’s problems will become more challenging as the climate changes and water demands increase. This gift significantly strengthens our ability to stay ahead of potential water crises with forward-thinking insights and innovative solutions,” Lund said. “The main reason we’ve received this gift is because of the faculty and staff, across many different departments, who have been working for many years to solve problems together.”