Center for Urban Water Resilience

Additional Information


  • 75% of the states water is located in northern California, 80% of the demand is in the southern two thirds of the state.
  • Timing of current drought conditions, development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and associated water bond funding.
  • Problems with urban waters are unique compared to other environments, particularly in Los Angeles.
  • Organic development relative to existing projects and new demands for applied water research
  • Academic community has been largely absent on water related issues in Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles needs a unified approach among academics to aid in our current water crisis.

Why in CSBS?

  • Established Partnerships: State Water Resources Control Board, USGS, Council for Watershed Health, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, Newhall County Water District, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, San Francisco Estuary Institute, CA Department of Water Resources.
  • Faculty Research: Geography, Anthropology, Urban Planning, Political Science
  • Center for Geographic Studies: Research: contemporary wetlands mapping projects, surface water status and trends analysis, stream periodicity\hydrological modeling, wetland change analysis, NHD geoconflation, historical ecology wetland mapping projects

Center for Urban Water Resilience

  • Provide a repository of knowledge and expertise on urban water resource issues.
  • Develop a comprehensive water research program across campus and the Los Angeles County CSU’s.
  • Strengthen student training in water-related fields and address new core competency model.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to research associated with urban water issues in the Los Angeles.
  • Coordinate and encourage collaborative research within CSUN, across the five CSU’s in Los Angeles County, and other academic institutions.

Who will participate?

  • Open to all faculty and departments across campus
  • Develop collaboration and partnerships with industry and community partners
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships with other CSU’s in Los Angeles County
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships with other universities in Los Angeles

Benefits to CSUN

  • Allows for CSUN to become a leader in applied urban water research.
  • Creates training opportunities for students.
  • Develops network among faculty at CSUN and faculty at other universities.
  • Provides a valuable resource for the local communities and state agencies.