Mission of the UC Groundwater Cooperative Extension Program
"The mission of the UCCE Groundwater Hydrology Program is to provide educational and scientific/technical support on current and emerging groundwater resources and groundwater quality issues in rural areas of California."
An editorial on California's groundwater management needs; and more interesting drought links are here. The UC Drought Summit, held at the California State Capitol in April 2014, was captured a day of highly relevant presentations and discussions on video. Listen to NPR's hourlong radio feature on groundwater, drought, and global water scarcity (August 2014) or to this 6-minute feature on NPR's Here and Now (September 2014). In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed comprehensive new legislation, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
“Toward Sustainable Groundwater In Agriculture -
Linking Science And Policy”
The website provides a complete set of more than 130 abstracts, presentations, and videos of an international conference held in 2010 in San Francisco, California.
What We Do
Our groundwater education and outreach program primarily works with the water resources industry (public water supply utilities, irrigation districts, water districts, etc.), research, planning, and regulatory agencies on the local, county, state and federal level, farm advisors in county cooperative extension, and the agricultural industry. The components of the program are:
- an integrated basic and applied research program that emphasizes hydrogeologic processes, contaminant fate and transport in both vadose zone and groundwater, and techniques for sampling, monitoring, and mitigation of contamination and groundwater quality problems; [Publications]
- an extension program that provides educational and technical support to local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, to natural resources conservation districts, irrigation and water districts, county farm advisors and policy makers in both the agricultural and urban sectors in the state; check out our groundwater guides, factsheets, video-blogs, and our Groundwater & Watershed book in "Publications"
- coordination of groundwater related programs and events among faculty in hydrology related areas at UC Davis, with other extension specialists and farm advisors, with federal, state and local agencies, water districts, irrigation districts, and natural resource conservation districts and other groups that are concerned with groundwater hydrology.
Our program offers support throughout California, with emphasis on rural and agricultural areas in Central California. The groundwater hydrology outreach and extension program is a novelty among existing cooperative extension programs. It distinguishes itself from traditional cooperative extension programs in that it is not primarily occupied with an area of agricultural production or agricultural economics. For 2007 - 2010, the program is also integrated with the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy.
In 2007, our program received the Kevin J. Neese Award, presented by the California Groundwater Resources Association for the best groundwater project of the year. The award was given in recognition of our program's efforts to better understand groundwater quality issues related to dairy activities and our involvement in improving management practices on dairies.
Groundwater Information And Education For You
FREE ONLINE FACTSHEETS:
- Groundwater Basics - Factsheet
- Water Well Design and Construction - Factsheet
- ....more factsheets on groundwater and watershed issues...
The link buttons on the left take you to a wide range of resources, for example:
PUBLICATIONS - our popular books, factsheets, videoblogs, research publications
CALENDAR - schedule of groundwater-related events in California and beyond
CALIFORNIA LINKS - California groundwater info, data, agencies, related resources
OTHER LINKS - national/international groundwater related webpages and resources
GROUNDWATER BLOG - groundwater related notes