Center for Water and the Environment

CWE is the CSU, Chico hub for research and education activities related to water and environment.  CWE connects people from diverse fields across the University as well as outside the University.

Highlighted Projects

Aquatic Bioassessment Lab (ABL)

Aquatic Bioassessment Lab (ABL)

ABL is part of a statewide initiative using aquatic insects as bio-indicators of water quality.
Water Conservation

Water Conservation

As the world’s population continues to increase our dependence upon irrigated agriculture grows.
Sacramento River Valley Research Team

Sacramento River Valley Research Team

Little is known about the vulnerability and resilience of society, the economy, and the environment in the Sacramento River Valley.

Feature Articles

The Value of Water

By Dr. Fraka Harmsen
Dean, College of Natural Sciences

It is said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water”.



CWE Organizing a Research Team

CWE is organizing a research team to explore water sustainability and climate change in the north state. For more information, email


Climate Change & the Future of Groundwater in California

UC Davis Conference Center

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Sustainable Groundwater Management Workshops

Cal/EPA Headquarters Building, Sacramento , CA

Wed, April 16, 9:00am – 12:00pm