Water Teaching and Research Laboratory: WaterLab
WaterLab consists of three programs:
The overall goals of WaterLab include:
Here is a presentation on the History of WaterLab.
The purpose of this project is to enable UCSC to work with DRA personnel to provide research and facilitative support to water agencies in Monterey County. CIWR launched and held monthly meetings of agency leaders and the public while providing research support for emerging regional water supply proposals. Roughly thirty agencies and organizations are involved. This project utilized space at UCSC’s MBEST Center for its monthly meetings and other meetings. CIWR is preparing an analysis of contracting risks facing multi-faceted regional water supply projects.This contract enables UCSC to work with the DRA to provide research and facilitative support to water agencies in Monterey County with respect to future water supply planning. It involves facilitating monthly meetings of agency leaders and the public, and providing research support for emerging joint water supply proposals. Roughly thirty agencies and organizations are involved.
This project utilized space at UCSC’s MBEST Center for its monthly meetings and other meetings. [more]
Developing a Tool to Guide State and Local Desalination Planning
The Proposition 50 funded research grant is being used to produce a Guide for Desalination Planning in California. Our goal is to help California water agencies and the people they serve make good decisions about the role of desalination in their water supply. The project is designed to improve public dialogue on desalination projects in California with an on-line planning and assessment tool and accompanying documentation. In 2005, the CIWR launched the first major policy and economic analysis of desalination planning for California water agencies. The Center assembled a blue-ribbon team of desalination experts from universities, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and the private sector. [more]
Technical/Expertise Support to the Division of Ratepayer Advocates
Refinancing Options for the Federal Debt of Regional Water Agencies, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, 9-1-07 - 6-30-08, $42,000.
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the relationship between federal debt obligations and regional water project benefits. Using the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency water replenishment project as a case study, we analyzed the federal interest in regional water supply and how that interest is expressed in long-term federal financing of water projects. This project generated an analytical memo:
Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency Small Reclamation Projects Act Local Project Loan Refinance Study: Phase 1 Final Report, January 2008.
The project concluded in August 2008.
Response of Irrigators to More Frequent Information on Water Use
Roxanna Pourzand ( B.A., UCSC '12) worked with the Santa Cruz Water Department to prepare an insightful thesis on the effect of more frequent billing on water consumption. She found that the additional information will influence consumption behavior as economic models predict provided that the recipient of the bills is also the individual who controls irrigation choices. Here is a copy of her Senior Thesis. Roxanna won UCSC's Weiss Family Fellowship in honor of her work with the Center for Integrated Water Research. Bravo, Roxanna!