Lunch & Learn

Local Water Supply in Los Angeles County

How UCLA’s Sustainable LA Project envisions increased local water supply in Los Angeles County. How the Southern California Water Replenishment District, serving over 4 million people in Los Angeles, has become independent of imported water and provided improved access, affordability, and quality of water for disadvantaged communities. UCLA’s own Mark Gold, Associate Vice Chancellor for...


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...


Water in the Middle East & Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation & Conflict

A Conference on Challenges Facing the Regions & Potential Solutions

The severe water crises facing areas of the Middle East and Africa have significant implications for the health, welfare and security of the regions’ people. Today, issues related to water availability and quality – including food security, sanitation and health, and economic development – have become both more complex and critical to address in these...


Now Comes the Hard Part… Implementing Groundwater Management Under SGMA

A Water Resources and Law Seminar

Presented by: Eric Garner, Managing Partner, Best, Best & Kreiger LLP As one of the leading water attorneys in California, Eric Garner helped to write the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) passed in 2014. Now his firm is advising groundwater management agencies all over California. He will talk about the challenges addressed, and challenges to...


Research Roundtable: Water Resiliency for Business

A Corporate Partners Program Event

The Corporate Partners Program will conclude this year’s focus on Water Resiliency for Business with a Keynote from LA24 and interactive Research Roundtables


Spotlight on Sustainability: Preparing Your Company for Water Resiliency

Corporate Partners Program Symposium

The Corporate Partners Program of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is proud to present: Spotlight on Sustainability: Preparing Your Company for Water Resiliency UCLA water experts and business leaders will come together to discuss what steps companies can take to ensure that they are prepared for our water future. Speakers will address: Cutting-edge...


LA’s Water Resource Future Workshop Series, Part 2

Understanding Local Groundwater Storage Potential

The second workshop in the LA's Water Resource Future Series was held on June 15, 2016, and focused on current and future groundwater basin conditions, management, and rights in the groundwater basins serving Los Angeles County. The event engaged stakeholders and the research community in order to inform both the scientific research and policy analysis and recommendations that UCLA intends to undertake as part of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.


LA’s Water Resource Future Workshop Series, Part 1

Understanding Local Stormwater Capture Potential

The first workshop in the LA's Water Resource Future Series was held on February 19, 2016. UCLA faculty and Los Angeles region water managers, planners, and scientists explored the state of stormwater management and planning, the potential to connect surface hydrology and groundwater modeling tools to quantify infiltration, potential ecosystem benefits of stormwater capture, and strategies to incentivize increased capture and infiltration of stormwater. The program consisted of talks and panel sessions by invited speakers, each followed by Q&A periods and discussion by all attendees.



UCLA students receive 1st place demonstration project award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A team of UCLA students won first place in the demonstration project category for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national competition that engages college students in the design of on-campus green infrastructure solutions to help address stormwater pollution.  The team’s project, “Little Steps to a Sustainable Future,” redesigned a...

UCLA Graduate Student Water Resources Group Welcomes New and Continuing Members to the 2018-2019 School Year

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Graduate Student Water Resources Group (GSWRG) put on three well-attended seminars, featuring water experts discussing water conservation, sustainable groundwater management plans and stormwater management in Los Angeles County. In the spring, the 2017/2018 co-chairs recruited new co-chairs for 2018-2019. Six graduate students from five different graduate programs at UCLA...


It’s Summer, But LA Is Thinking About How To Catch Rain

"You see a storm year like [2016] and you see all the water that ends up going through the L.A. River and Ballona Creek and Dominguez Channel, and you say, 'Wow. That could have been our water supply for the next year,'" said Mark Gold of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.


Climate Change Contributed to Oroville Spillway Collapse, Study Says

A study led by UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science postdoc Xingying Huang finds that climate change has already contributed to greater wintertime runoff in the Sierra Nevada, and that flood risk climbs in the future. "Our big dams were designed to capture smaller floods than what we expect in the future," said colleague Daniel Swain in Weather Channel. "...these structures were built for a climate that we no longer have."


GSWRG Prepares for the World Water Forum College Grant Program for 2018-2019, starting on October 13.

This year, the GSWRG is disseminating information about the upcoming World Water Forum College Grant Program, which is administered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. (MWD)  Additional sponsors are the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and Water for People. $10,000 competitive grants are...


UCLA Graduate Student Water Resources Group Organizes for the 2017-2018 School Year

The Graduate Student Water Resources Group (GSWRG) was first started in 2012, and is now organizing its fifth year.   The 2017-2018 Co-Chairs include Sonali Abraham, a 2nd year Environmental Science and Engineering D.Env student, Alison Partie, a 2nd year Environmental Science and Engineering D.Env student and Maryam Ghajar, a doctoral student in the UCLA Department...


It’s a Different World

Governor Brown Announces Mandatory Water Conservation through Executive Order


NBC News: “Gas Station Spills Could Pollute Water by Drips and Drops: Study” Yifang Zhu

FSPH Environmental Health Sciences associate professor Dr. Yifang Zhu shares with her insight on a study about the cumulative pollutive effects of gas station spills.


UCLA honored for water innovation

At a Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator conference, Coro Southern California recognized UCLA with the Meaningful Impact Award for its water conservation initiatives. UCLA is championing sustainability and water innovation through a number of research programs including the UCLA Water Resources Group and the Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge. The UCLA Water Resources Group, headquartered at the...


The Pankaj Parekh Graduate Fellowship

Sonali Abraham is the first recipient of the Pankaj Parekh Graduate Fellowship, which is awarded to a first-year doctoral student focusing on water issues. Growing up in the Middle East and Bangladesh, Abraham is no stranger to water woes. “I’ve seen firsthand the scarcity and water contamination issues that people have to deal with. It...