California Water Research collaborates with a wide range of environmental, fishing, and local groups on research and analysis of California’s State Water Project and Central Valley Project, and agricultural and urban water use in California.
Deirdre Des Jardins, principal with California Water Research, has done research on California water issues since 2009. She has a background in physics and computational modeling, and is a former researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Institute, and the UC Santa Cruz Bioinformatics Group.
Primary focus areas have included climate change impacts on California’s developed water supply, the regime shift in the Delta ecosystem, soil and groundwater salinization in the San Joaquin Valley and Tulare Lake Basin, and the increase in urban demands due to population growth.
California Water Research pulled together independent experts to do assessments of the scientific and engineering analyses behind the impacts of the California WaterFix project for environmental, fishing, and Delta groups, and provided expert testimony in hearings on the project.