The CSU community allies together to seek relief during California’s drought emergency.
The drought is affecting the entire state of California, according to the U.S Drought Monitor.
It is the first time in 15 years that there has been a shortage of water with this intensity.
California has received an average of four inches of rain from the beginning of the year compared to the average of 20 inches, according to ThinkProgress.
The scarcity is also taking a toll on California’s farm water that in turn affects the agricultural growth that causes a hindrance to the economy.
So far the drought has cost over $7.48 billion in agricultural losses.
However, there is an innovative movement to get students, faculty and the community involved in maintaining the environment’s natural water source.
The Sun reports that 12 out of the 23 campuses have functioning water research institutes studying a variety of drought patterns as well as the storage of ground water.
CSUSB students are playing a major role in this research.
Historical documents of Santa Ana Watershed that contribute to the research are maintained on our campus.
CSUSB owns one-acre of San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation Demonstration Garden, which is located between the Student Recreational and Fitness Center and Jack Brown Hall.
The Garden is one of the ways that CSUSB has tried to promote ways to conserve water.
It sets an example of ways that people can have a garden but at the same time not misuse the water supply that is already at a shortage.
We have received over $650,000 in donations to help fund teaching space that will benefit the research.
CSU’s Water Resources Institute claims that the students are given an opportunity to participate in the movement because they are “the next generation of water leaders.”
Not only are they engaging in research but they are also informing the public about ways to conserve water and letting them know about the current water shortage that is taking place.
CSUSB’s Water Research Institute is currently in charge of Drinking Water Technical Assistance.
They are also responsible for training for Disadvantaged Communities in the California Central Valley project.
The current water supply in the Central Valley surpasses the appropriate amount of contaminants.
This becomes a problem when considering that this water is distributed to many disadvantaged communities who do not have the necessary funds in their city to attend to the regulatory discrepancy in their drinking water.
The technical assistance provided by students, faculty and staff at CSUSB is helping to impose those regulations on the water that is being distributed to the disadvantaged families in the Central Valley.
Due to this movement, there is a growing interest in careers involving water management.
Colleges are opening new fields of study in the area concentrating on environmental engineering.
Originally published on coyotechronicle.net (May 1, 2014)