Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

BWC affliate and Wheeler Water Institute Director Michael Kiparsky talks to Wired about  Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water.

More than four million Americans get some or all of their drinking water from treated sewage

Berkeley Water Center Co-director David Sedlak and post doc Sasha Harris-Lovett talk about More than four million Americans get some or all of their drinking water from treated sewage at the Wall Street Journal.

Jakarta Is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has to Find a New Capital

BWC affliate Michael Kiparsky, Director of the Wheeler Water Institute, talks about Jakarta Is Sinking. Now Indonesia Has to Find a New Capital to Wrred.

Less pollution may be clearing up dangerous tule fog in Central Valley

UC Berkeley environmental science researcher Ellyn Gray and agricultural meteorologist Dennis Baldocchi talk about their research on less pollution may be clearing up dangerous tule fog in Central Valley.

California to outlaw toxic pesticide harmful to kids

The New York Post cites a 2012 UC Berkeley study in article California to outlaw toxic pesticide harmful to kids.

Lifetime of drinking California water could raise cancer risk, study finds

Berkeley Water Center and University of California, Berkeley civil and environmental engineering professor Ashok Gadgil talks to the Guardian about Lifetime of drinking California water could raise cancer risk, study finds.

How California is defying Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Berkeley Water Center affiliate Holly Doremus talks to the LA times about How California is defying Trump’s environmental rollbacks.

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City

Wheeler Water Center Director Michael Kiparsky talks about how climate change is affecting water use to Wired.

The human factor in clean water

BWC Co-director Isha Ray talks to Knowable Magazine about there are many cheap and effective ways to provide safe water to the world’s poor regions. But projects often fail due to inadequate planning, maintenance or persuasive power.

True Grit

Alumnus Joe Charbonnet talksabout his research as a doctoral student under BWC Co-Director David Sedlak at UCBerkeley's Berkeley Water Center on engineered sand to help clean storm water to use as drnking water.

Gadgil & team's system for removing arsenic from drinking water in India

Professor Ashok Gadgil and his research team have set up a very efficient and cost-effective system called Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR) for removing arsenic contamination from drinking water.

$650 million vote set on Delta tunnels project: Are taxpayers protected?

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is reconsidering Gov. Jerry Brown's $17 billion Delta tunnels plan to facilitate the transportation of water to the south. If approved, the district would contribute as much as $650 million to the project. The plan is controversial, with some saying it would give Northern California the ability to protect the north's water, and others -- including environmentalists -- saying it's a water grab. "If I were a board member, at this point I would not be ready to vote," comments law professor Holly Doremus, a specialist in water issues. "There are too many uncertainties," she says, most importantly the question of whether the district could abandon the partnership without being held accountable for their entire $650 million share. She says the board should certainly clarify the language and protect ratepayers by putting a cap on the $650 million. "All of this is unclear enough to be subject to litigation," she says. "There's enough controversy over this that there will be lawsuits. There's loads of money at stake. There are bound to be some aggrieved water contractors that would have a reason to sue." 

India's Toilet Boom

Berkeley Water Center Isha Ray talks about India's toilet boom with GLobal Journalist.

Engineered sand removes contaminants from stormwater

 Scientists have engineered mineral-coated sand to remove contaminants from storm water. In places where water resources are strained, engineered sand could transform storm water into a valuable asset.

Wildland Development Escalates California Fire Costs

As California wrestles with ever-more-serious wildfires, the state's legislative efforts to curb development in rural areas prone to wildfire have been hampered in various ways. To counter that, Berkeley's Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) recently co-authored with the nonprofit Resources Legacy Fund a slate of recommendations for Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, including the suggestion that a leadership position focused on wildfire be established in the governor's office. The appointee would be responsible for "developing and implementing state incentives for local governments to limit new development in high-risk areas." As Ethan Elkind, director of CLEE's climate program, says: "I think the state needs to play a stepped up role coordinating all the different agencies involved, trying to marshal the funding to do it, and then also trying to change local government land use decision-making."

Op-Ed: State law recognizes rivers and groundwater are connected -- now what?

A recent state law offers California the opportunity to address errors in the state's management of aquifers and surface water, write a trio of experts, including Michael Kiparsky, director of Berkeley Law's Wheeler Water Institute at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Discussing findings from a recent Berkeley study that "make clear that tough action is required," they conclude: "Effective integrated management of groundwater and surface water is simultaneously one of the most important and most difficult challenges facing California. With broad integration, local creativity and ample state support, a sustainable water future above and below ground may just be attainable. It will take time, patience, and good faith effort, but it will be worth it. After all, a reunited Berlin was worth it, too." 

Central Coast's Water Challenges And Solutions On Tap At Forum

Berkeley Water Center Co-Director David Sedlak discusses Central Coast's Water Challenges And Solutions ahead of the New Frontiers Water Forum in Seaside. 

The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change

Professor Holly Doremus comments on the article The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change as America’s coastal cities are preparing for legal battles over real estate that slips into the ocean.

Water conservation in California drops after dry winter

Doctoral student Joe Charbonet talks to the Daily Californian about why water conservation in California drops after dry winter.

Blocked by old contracts and modern-day infighting, California's big water project staggers to its deathbed

California's contentious $17-billion water infrastructure project, called the California WaterFix, is facing an uncertain future, and a major Southern California vote on it is scheduled for Tuesday. In a review of the project's history, Berkeley research is discussed. According to the reporter: "In a 2015 analysis for state officials, David Sunding of UC Berkeley calculated that the project would pass a cost-benefit test for California in the aggregate. But when the calculations were broken down, it was an economic winner for residential, or 'urban,' users but a close call or a loser for agriculture. Sunding based his conclusions on the assumption that the federal government would chip in $3.9 billion for the refuges and exchange contractors; if it did not, 'the net benefits of the project are even more negative for agricultural contractors.'" 

Experts from diverse fields lead economic and social discussions at two-day Berkeley India Conference

Berekeley Water Center Co-director Isha Ray champions women's sanitation rights at two-day Berkeley India Conference.

Is the water in Berkeley and Orinda safe to drink?

BWC Co-Director David Sedlak comments on for the past few weeks, crews from the East Bay Municipal Water District have been flushing the water system in an effort to eradicate a known cancer causing compound in two systems in Berkeley and in Orinda.

Identifying gaps in protecting California’s native fish

Best places to conserve California's native fish? Answers might surprise you says @ESPM_Berkeley scientist.

Poison once flowed in America's waters. With Trump, it might again

ERG alumni and President Emeritus Peter Gleick wrie opinion for The Guardian: As a scientist working for decades on national and global water and climate challenges, I must speak out against what I see as an assault on America’s water resources.

Don’t Let That Viral Drinking Water Database Scare You

Berkeley Water Center's Ashok Gadgil independently reviewed screenshots from the Environemental Working Group's database. He was alarmed at how the EWG presented the data.

Experts slam Trump administration’s flawed analysis for repealing water pollution rule

The economic analysis that the Trump administration is using to support its repeal of an Obama-era water pollution rule has serious flaws, economists and regulatory experts told Bloomberg BNA, including Berkeley Water Center's David Sunding.

Advanced data would improve how California manages water

Wheeler Water Institute at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley Director Michael Kiparsky and distinguished professor of engineering at UC Merced Roger Bales, both directors of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative talk about advanced data would improve how California manages water.

Ashok Gadgil and solving drinking water shortages

Nearly 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water — a problem that, due to manmade climate change, is only growing in scope. And while water scarcity is a planet-wide issue, it disproportionately affects citizens of the developing world. Professor Ashok Gadgil is engineering solutions for our water crisis by using simple, cheap and abundant ingredients, like wood, sunlight, even human waste.

Study: some highly fluorinated chemicals are harder to filter from water

Arlene Blum, executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a research associate in chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley, talks about how some kinds of chemicals are harder to filter from water. These compounds belong to a family called highly fluorinated chemicals. They’re used to make carpets, clothes and cookware stain and water repellant. They’ve also been used in firefighting foam at military bases and airports.

Early Review of Delta Tunnel Project Warns of Risks to Fish

Holly Doremus comments on salmon and delta smelt may not benefit from California’s $17 billion water diversion project, according to draft studies recently released by federal wildlife agencies.

A Better Way to Harness the Power of Rivers How system-​​scale planning and management of hydropower can yield economic, financial and environmental benefits

Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory's Daniel Kammen and Rebekah Shirley talk about their Clean Energy Solutions for Borneo project with Nature Conservancy in A Better Way to Harness the Power of Rivers How system-​​scale planning and management of hydropower can yield economic, financial and environmental benefits.

Sonoma County’s forests face uncertain future

Collaborative research from UC Berkeley's David Ackerly and Pepperwood Reserve in Sonoma County on climate, drought and forests will help shape the future of forest fire fighting.

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse.

As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter. The independent analysis by Robert Bea, of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Analysis at UC Berkeley, points to design and construction flaws dating back to the spillway’s construction in the 1960s.


This solar-powered device harvests water from dry air

A small, solar-powered device that pulls fresh water from the air? Scientists at MIT and UC Berkeley have created a prototype that does just that -- and it only requires 20-30 percent humidity to work.



Berkley Water Center research engineer Jennifer Sokes-Draut cooments on issues with water infrastructure in Californiatp abc7 News.

Why Is Oroville a Big Deal? Look at All the Places That Need Its Water

BWC researcher Jennifer Stokes-Draut and her colleague Mike Taptich create chart as part of a project tracking the energy required to move water around the state, which shows why the Oroville Dam is a big deal.

Meet the Minds: Roger Bales on Climate Adaptation and Water Security

Water will be central to how we, and the environment, adapt to climate change, says University of California professor Roger Bales, who studies climate adaptation and water security.

Potty mouth: Would you drink recycled toilet water to save the world? (Psst, you may already be doing so)

BWC Co-Director David Sedlak talks about as the water crisis deepens, cities are recycling the H2O we flush away and reclaiming it as drinking water.

Even California’s Mighty Oaks Are Dying From Drought


Todd Dawson of U.C. Berkeley discusses new research that shows how California’s ancient oak trees displayed clear signs of stress as they died from drought – signs that could be useful in the next drought.

Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Tiny, glowing crystals designed to detect and capture heavy-metal toxins such as lead and mercury could prove to be a powerful new tool in locating and cleaning up contaminated water sources.

What will Trump’s impact be on California’s environment?

“There’s not much reason to be optimistic,” said Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental law at UC Berkeley. “The people he is talking to most, I would say, are a scary bunch from an environmental policy angle.”

What does the new federal water bill mean for California?

Berkeley Water Center's Professor of Law Holly Doremus comments on the new federal water bill and what it means for California,

India needs long-term plan to overcome water crisis: Experts at HTLS

India needs a long-term plan to overcome its water crisis but inter-linking of rivers is not a workable idea, two American professors, including BWC Co-Director David Sedlak, said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Saturday.

As California water use rises, some ask: Were limits eased too soon?

David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and Environmental Resources Grou alumni Peter Gleick talk to the Las Vegas Sun about As California water use rises, some ask: Were limits eased too soon?

How Your Pee Could Help Billions Of People


What if urine, something you flush away without a second thought everyday, could actually be useful? William Tarpeh, an Environmental Engineering PhD student from UC Berkeley is researching this very idea. Will spends most of his day extracting the nitrogen from pee to transform it into liquid fertilizer.

Surfers take part in waterborne illness study

Jack Colford talks about his research to the San Diego Union-Tribune regarding nearly 700 local surfers played a role in a groundbreaking epidemiological study looking into the risks of surfing in compromised water.

A Cal Alum’s Recipe for More Tuolumne River Salmon: Add Water

Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental regulation at the Berkeley School of Law and the co-director of the school’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment comments about water policy and rights in this article about the Tuolumne River.

Water: California in a Global Context: Isha Ray

Isha Ray, Associate Professor of Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley;
Co-Director, Berkeley Water Center speaks on a panel at the American Academy of Arts and Sceince's Water: California in a Global Context.

Ten Experts to Watch on Urban Water Policy and Infrastructure

Conservation and innovation at the urban level have helped California weather five years of drought. Here are 10 leading experts helping California’s cities to be drought-proof and more water efficient, including co-director David Sedlak.

Water: California in a Global Context: Holly Doremus

Holly Doremus, Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Research; James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation; Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law, talks about drought with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Water: California in a Global Context.

Baylor University Hosts Big 12 Water Conference to Address Water Resource Issues and Collaborate on Research

Baylor University’s department of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences is hosting a select group of scientists at the second annual Big 12 Water Conference Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, through Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), including BWC Co-Director David Sedlak.

Redwoods and fog: a love story

California’s towering redwood trees are iconic symbols of its coastline — and so is the low, rolling fog that often blankets Route 1. And as it turns out, the two are linked in more than just imagery: The fog plays an important role in keeping the redwoods hydrated and healthy. It’s also giving us clues about how the trees might respond to more drastic climate changes.

Minds on the gutter: In dealing with stormwater, St. Pete has its work cut out for it — and so does everyone else

Jennifer Stokes-Draut, an expert in urban water systems at the University of California Berkeley's Berkeley Water Center, comments on the iportance of green and wellconstructed water infrastructure.

Tang Prize Foundation hosts sustainability talks

The Tang Prize Foundation said Saturday that it will organize a series of talks in September to highlight the topic of sustainable development, and the life and work of Arthur H. Rosenfeld, who won the Tang Prize in sustainable development this year. Ashok Gadgil, a scientist and professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, will give two lectures on the topic Sept. 24 and 28, respectively, the foundation said.

The Future of Groundwater Management in Agriculture

Michael Kiparsky, Director, Wheeler Water Institute , University of California, Berkeley presents the keynote speech, The Future of Groundwater Management in Agriculture, at the 2nd International Groundwater Conference at Burlingame, California.

ens of Thousands of Californians Exposed to Arsenic in Drinking Water

Ashok Gadgil comments on Tens of Thousands of Californians Exposed to Arsenic in Drinking Water for Alternet.

Berkeley Lab researchers receive $20 million to study watershed impact

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received $20 million from the Department of Energy last week to lead a three-year research project in the Upper Colorado River Basin, where they will study the processes that influence water availability and water quality as a result of climate change.

A Tale of Two Water Systems

BWC Co-dorector David Sedlak talks to the Atlantic about California’s growth enables it to build top-of-the-line infrastructure—something that isn’t possible for Flint.

Lessons From An El Niño That Didn’t Go As Planned

While many people feel this winter was a bit of disappointment—a betrayal even, since we didn’t get a record-busting Godzilla like 1982-83 and 1997-98 — I’m not one of them. Remember back in your science classes when you learned that scientists are just as interested in being wrong as being right, or that a busted hypothesis was equally important as one substantiated? Well, we can learn a lot from this year’s quirky El Niño.

How to Create Effective Groundwater Agencies


Michael Kiparsky and Holly Doremus of the Wheeler Water Institute at U.C. Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment lay out what’s needed for California’s groundwater agencies to successfully manage a critical resource.

Berkeley lab joins groundwater recharge study

One of the nation’s top centers for science will look at how stormwater seeps into almond orchards in the Modesto area and beyond. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Monday that it has joined a groundwater recharge study that already involves the Almond Board of California and other partners.



California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies, say professorHolly Doremus and Dr Michael Kiparsky in an opinion piecefor the Fresno Bee.

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Co-director David Sedlak talks about drinking water safety with BYU Radio's Top of Mind with Julie Rose.


How Safe Is Your Tap Water? A Post-Flint Primer on How to Protect Yourself

Berkeley Water Center's David Sedlak talks to Vogue Magazine about tap water regulations and how to make usre your water is safe to drink.

San Lorenzo: Public viewing of experimental shoreline levee Saturday

BWC Co-direcotr David Sedlak to speak on Saturday at a celebration to mark construction of the levee. People can check out the "horizontal ecotone levee," designed to buffer against rising sea levels, while also providing wildlife habitat and improving water quality. 

Do You Know Where Your Water’s Been?

The twin challenges of water quality and quantity are leading to creative thinking and interesting solutions in California and across the west. Berkeley Water Center Co-director David Sedlak is helping find innovations in water re-use and treatment in his various professional endeavors.

Water hogs’ top excuse begins to ring hollow for some

Research engineer Jennifer Stokes comments on cases of excessive water use in the Bay Area. Many of the people and organizations being questioned are blaming leaking pipes. "My gut is that leaks are at least part of the problem," she says. Instead she points to toilets as the biggest culprit on small properties, and faulty irrigation lines on parcels with more landscaping. 

The Water Emergency

Berkeley Water Center Co-Director David Sedlak takes a no-holds-barred look at California’s water issue and a provoking challenge to address the drought at TEDxMarin.

Do You Know Where Your Water’s Been?

The twin challenges of water quality and quantity are leading to creative thinking and interesting solutions in California and across the west. David Sedlak is helping find innovations in water re-use and treatment in his various professional endeavors.

Even in drought, CA water rights politically toxic

BWC affiliate Holly Doremus speaks to The Desert Sun about water law and policy in the drought.

How can we make Los Angeles water self-sufficient?

BWC Co-Director talks to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune about how to make Los Angeles water self sufficient.

Droughts and growing population leading to drastic drinking water measures

Water providers are thinking of forcing Californians to cut back on their water use by installing flow restrictors on their plumbing, but engineering professor and water expert David Sedlak believes a cheaper strategy may be more effective. "If you reduce the flow by 70 percent, what would prevent someone from running their sprinklers four times as long?" he asks. "Appealing to people's sense of community and public shaming is usually enough." 

State commission releases report on hydraulic fracturing calling for reforms in water storage

A report on hydraulic fracturing commissioned by the California State Legislature called for reforms in water storage and data monitoring. On Thursday, the California Council on Science and Technology released an expanded well-stimulation report, an independent scientific report on hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking” — and on acid fracturing methods. The report was conducted primarily by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Berkeley Researchers Look to Clouds for Drought Clues

While millions of Californians worry about how long our drought may last, some important clues are literally floating above us. Trouble is, we haven't been able to decode them yet. "Despite decades of research, there's a lot we don't known about how clouds behave," University of California researcher Dr. David Romps says.