Topical Tag: Water

The Magazine

rain garden DC

Not just homeowners — businesses need sustainable landscaping too

California is coming off the heels of an exceptionally wet February which saw multiple atmospheric rivers drench the state. But this a land of extremes, and while the state is flush with water now, we’re coming off a historic drought and another is all but inevitable. Responding to the drought in April 2015, Governor Jerry...

White Mountain Research Center offers a range of scientific possibilities (Video)

With 5,000 year-old pine trees, 10,000 feet of elevation and an abundance of animal and insect species, the four field stations of the White Mountain Research Center are prime territory to learn about California’s natural environment — from climate change ecology to how people are affected by high altitudes. For students, the center offers a...



Winter Quarter Water Research Workshop

Hosted by the Graduate Student Water Resources Group


Join us on February 25th for the Winter Quarter Water Research Workshop.  You can sign up for a 10 minute slot to present your work or just come, meet other students interested in water topics and enjoy the presentations.  Presenters can take advantage a casual environment to workshop their presentation and gain feedback from an...

Special Event

A Room Where it Happens | LA: H20 from Mountains to Sea

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Civicas Woen's Civic Action Network &


Please join us for a Cross-Sector Conversation about Water Issues, Technological Actions & Civic Resources, Including an Environmental Education Expo Inspired by CA’s $9 billion Water Bond & LA’s Storm Water Tax initiatives on the November Ballot Our experts panelists are leaders in the Civic Water Sector including: Angela Barraco, CEO, River LA; Ann Carpenter, Co-Founder/CEO, Braid...

Lecture Series

Desalination: Should salt water play a role in our sustainable future?

A & Santa Monica Pier event


Sixty percent of L.A.County’s water comes from hundreds of miles away. Obtaining and transporting trillions of gallons each year requires a lot of energy and puts enormous strain on ecosystems and human communities upstream. Meanwhile, climate change is about to up the ante. Almost two-thirds of the California’s fresh water comes from the Sierra Nevada,...


Abdullah Aleidan

Graduate Student


Jacob Schaperow

Graduate Student Water Resources Group Executive Committee

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Naomi Goldenson

Postdoctoral Scholar

Center for Climate Science

Qing Shuang, PhD

Visiting Research Scholar

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA


Los Cerritos Watershed

Zinc pollution sources in the Los Cerritos watershed

In Southern California, zinc is a difficult stormwater pollutant to mitigate. Many vehicle tires contain zinc, which gets transferred onto asphalt while driving. In metropolitan settings, traffic congestion leads to extra braking and idling, allowing more zinc to accumulate. During first flush or any rainfall event, the pollutant is picked up and discharged into the...

La River Plan

How competing Los Angeles River revitalization plans will affect surrounding communities

In 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the city’s master plan to revitalize the Los Angeles River. Today, the concrete channel is seeing an influx of investment aimed at transforming the concrete flood channel. Many disparate stakeholders have an interest in the river’s future — their competing visions and interests have emerged as one...

SAR Resilience Team

Pictured above, left to right: Anh-Vy Pham, Sophia Bozone, Tory Coffin, Lea Le Rouzo (Team Leader), David Scolari, and Nicholas Caton (Team Leader)   Developing A Comprehensive Resilience Plan for UCLA   Project Description: The 2019 Resilience Team will work with the Office of Emergency Management to help develop a comprehensive resilience plan for UCLA. UCLA...


Adapting Urban Water Systems to Manage Scarcity in the 21st Century:

S. Pincetl, E. Porse, K. Mika, E. Litvak, K. Manago, T. Hogue, T. Gillespie, D.Pataki, M.Gold

Published Work | 2018 | Environmental Management

On the Connection Between Global Hydrologic Sensitivity and Regional Wet Extremes

C.W. Thackeray, A.M. DeAngelis, A. Hall, D.L. Swain, X. Qu

Published Work | 2018 | Geophysical Research Letters

In the News



Dennis Lettenmaier in US News and World Report: EPA Head Says Drinking Water a Larger Threat Than Climate Change

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that drinking water, not climate change, is the largest global threat. Some experts disagree. Dennis Lettenmaier, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Geography Department, said he partially agrees with Wheeler’s statements on drinking water. Despite agreeing that contaminated drinking water is a “now” problem, Lettenmaier said it...



Mark Gold in LA Magazine: That Rain We Just Got? Most of It Went Right Down the Drain

Mark Gold, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, spoke with LA Magazine about all the rain California received in February and where it all went.



Michael Stenstrom in Wired

Michael Strenstrom is a Distinguished Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA. In this article “The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day” Strenstrom argues about potential carbon capture techniques in wastewater treatment. 


From Farms to Cities: Percolating New Ideas for Water Security

Sustainable Conservation a non-profit and IoES practicum client partner produced this video from an event held Sept 6, 2017 Following winter rains that pummeled the state, it’s easy for California’s five-year drought to recede in our memories. Resisting that amnesia is essential to our Golden State’s water future. We will explore how farms and cities...