Water Deeply Weekly Round Up includes UC Water commitment for White House Water Action Plan

Tara Lohan
March 24, 2016

Water Deeply, an independent digital media project dedicated to California's water crisis, provided a synopsis of the White House Water Summit and action plan on March 24, 2016.

In this weekly roundup, we analyze key developments in the California drought, including a White House Summit on water where the Obama administration issued a five-point plan for tackling water sustainability. We also look at calls for revolutionizing the collection of water data

White House Weighs in on Water

Water was big news this week with an extra media spotlight thanks to World Water Day. The Obama administration took the opportunity to host a Water Summit at the White House and issued a call to action on how partners are leveraging efforts to address water sustainability and long-term infrastructure issues.

Here’s the administration’s five-point plan:

  • Nearly $4 billion in private capital committed to investment in a broad range of water-infrastructure projects nationwide.

  • More than $1 billion from the private sector over the next decade to conduct research and development into new technologies.

  • Presidential Memorandum and supporting action plan on building national capabilities for long-term drought resilience in the United States, including by setting drought-resilience policy goals, directing specific drought-resilience activities to be completed by the end of the year, and permanently establishing the National Drought Resilience Partnership as an interagency task force responsible for coordinating drought resilience, response and recovery efforts.

  • Nearly $35 million this year in Federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support cutting-edge water science;

  • The release of a new National Water Model that will dramatically enhance the nation’s river-forecasting capabilities by delivering forecasts for approximately 2.7 million locations, up from 4,000 locations today (a 700-fold increase in forecast density).

California projects were also front and center at the summit. One was a project consisting of 11,000 new homes near Tracy that will feature water recycling systems to reuse water onsite from showers, laundry and sinks. The gray water systems are designed by Nexus eWater, an Australian startup now operating in California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative at UC Merced was also featured. It is developing a “new basis for managing groundwater by using a novel combination of conventional groundwater-level data and modeling tools that will be disseminated to hundreds of water managers by 2017, including those in 127 California state-defined groundwater basins,” the Merced Sun-Star reported.

Continue reading "A call for better data" on Water Deeply.