Water Management – Protecting Water Drives Economy; Makes Us Healthy

How Protecting Water Helps Industry and Nature


Water makes up nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and more than half of every human’s body weight. It is essential to life itself. Yet, increasingly, the planet’s rivers, lakes and oceans are under assault from human-led stresses in the form of a warming climate, ocean acidification, overfishing, and commercial and recreational development.

For more than 50 years, researchers at the University of California, Davis have studied the effect of these factors on various bodies of water and the life-forms dependent upon them. While they’re building on that legacy, they’re engaging the people who rely on those resources for their livelihoods.

“It’s in our DNA to work across disciplines,” says UC Davis professor Geoffrey Schladow. “It helps us with these large environmental problems. Because they’re not just biology problems, or chemistry problems, or social planning problems, they’re incredibly multidisciplinary.” As a result, Schladow and his colleagues are reaching across disciplines to engage a diverse community of scientists.

UC Davis manages dozens of programs and projects around environmental protection and sustainability. But in three distinct and important aquatic settings, the university is proving that industry and conservation can not only coexist but also work together seamlessly to preserve a precious resource.


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