Year Established: 2010 Start Date: 2010-03-01 End Date: 2012-02-29
Total Federal Funds: $119,114 Total Non-Federal Funds: $197,992
Principal Investigators: Barbara Allen-Diaz
Abstract: Water supply and quality for agricultural, urban, and environmental systems is a critical issue facing the state over the next 20 years and beyond. The University of Californias Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to investing and supporting research and extension work in the areas of water use and water quality. In 2010, 50 UCCE advisors comprised UC ANRs effort in executing projects related to water; 90 projects focused on water quality and 27 projects targeting water supply and allocation. In 2009, 21 UCCE specialists centered their academic foci on water-related issues; 16 projects focused on water quality and 11 projects targeting water supply and allocation. ANRs Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty conducted 24 water quality and 11 water use projects utilizing Hatch and Regional Research in 2009-2010. Transfer of this research information to users, agencies, and policy-makers is essential for improving water quality and quantity in the state. Multiple methods will be employed to ensure that land managers and decision makers have the best science available to support their activities. This project supports coordination and delivery of science-based information in the form of local field days and demonstrations, workshops, classes, and short courses, delivery of water quality education in culturally and linguistically appropriate manners, and short-concise policy outreach efforts to inform legislators and the public on salient water issues. Development of newsletters, manuals, websites, and other publications for information dissemination and transfer is a critical part of the success of this project. ANR Research and Extension Centers will be focal facilities for delivery of workshops, field days, short courses, etc. and these venues will provide ample training opportunities for students, practitioners, land managers, and policy makers. UC ANR academics seek solutions to address water-related issues in California. ANRs diverse clientele includes farm, nursery, ranch and rangeland, operators and managers; allied industry professionals, public agency representatives, and members of the public. ANR investment in water-related issues is addressed in this project using multi-faceted approaches in research, extension, and outreach.