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The California drought has been the newsmaker in 2014, and the Pacific Institute has been the go-to resource for the media, informing the conversation on the local, national, and international level. Here are a few of the hundreds of stories featuring Pacific Institute experts:

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$7.5 Billion Plan Won’t Fix Drought 
10.23.14- An in-depth analysis of the $7.5 billion water bond
(Proposition 1) on the Nov. 4 ballot finds that it could benefit California’s communities and the…Read more.

 
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Voters to Decide on Voting $7.1 B for Water Projects
10.20.14- While welcome, Monday’s rain does little to ease the state’s critical drought. In two weeks, voters will be asked to vote on a $7.1 billion bond — Proposition 1…Read more. 

 
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Water wars: a new reality for business and governments
10.6.14- During his reign from 2,450-2,400BC, King of Lagash set about building boundary canals around his territory. The result was a gradual reduction in the water… Read more.

 
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In virtual mega-drought, California avoids defeat
10.5.14- A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades… Read more.

 
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Proposition 1:Voters to decide on $7.5 billion water bond
9.22.14- California voters will be faced with a $7.5 billion question this fall about whether to publicly finance a water bond meant to help the state better…Read more.

 
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When the Snows Fail
9.19.14- For three generations the Diener family has farmed the same ten square miles of Central Valley dirt. In the 1920s they grew barley and alfalfa to feed the mules that powered…Read more.

 
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Rotten-egg odor from Salton Sea prompts air quality warning
9.17.14- Increased level of hydrogen sulfide in the Salton Sea this week — marked by the tell-tale “rotten eggs” odor — prompted officials… Read more.

 
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Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time
9.17.14- Despite California’s reputation as an environmental policy leader, its regulation of groundwater extraction has long been among the weakest in the…Read more.

 
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California Homes Lack Water Meters During Drought
9.6.14-Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don’t have meters telling them just how much water… Read more.

 
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Salton Sea inaction could cause ‘catastrophic change,’ report says

9.3.14-Saving the beleaguered Salton Sea will be expensive, but allowing it to continue deteriorating will cost even more in terms of dollars, unemployment… Read more.

 

Drought has State Debating its Unregulated Pumping
8.20.14- Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state’s status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy… Read more.

 

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How Conservation and Groundwater Management Can Gird California for a Drier Era

8.1.14 - It’s way past time for California to come to grips with the possibility that its extraordinary water woes are the new normal — and essentially the return of the old … Read more. 

 
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Your Bottled Water Might Be Draining California’s Last Drops of H2O
7.15.14 – California experienced the driest year on record in 2013 and continues to be afflicted by a drought. California’s State Water Resources Control Board… Read more. 

 
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Water is Today’s Risky Business 
7.29.14 – Recently, a bi-partisan group of political and business leaders including Henry Paulson, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Rubin, and Olympia… Read more. 

 
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Rethinking Water Storage
7.24.14- On January 17, a state of drought emergency was declared in California by Governor Jerry Brown. By early February, snowpack in the Eastern Sierras… Read more.

 
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Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer
7.15.13 - If droughts were hurricanes, people might pay more attention to them. Droughts can creep up on us with their prolonged absence of rain, and their effects… Read more

 
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The Past and Future of California’s Water
7.13.14 – Aqueducts, dams and irrigation projects made  development possible in the West, but… Read more.

 
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Saving Water in California
7.9.2014 – NY Times Editorial: California is in the third year of its worst drought in decades… Read more.

 
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State May Turn Up Pressure on Water Violations
7.10.2014 – State water cops announced unprecedented emergency rules… Read more.

 
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California’s Flawed Water System Can’t Track Usage
6.28.2014- Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water… Read more.

 
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Meters Would Help Sacramento Homes Save More Water
6.26.2014 – The drought in California is growing more serious by the day… Read more.

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Vanishing Water
6.15.26- The biggest reservoir in the United States is dropping 1 foot each week… Read more.

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Can California Conserve Its Way Through Drought?
6.13.2014- As California enters the hottest months of the summer in the midst of a devastating drought, the state appears to be falling short...Read more.

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California Could Stretch Current Water Supply by One-Third: Report
6.12.2014- The water would be found by expanding use of existing strategies such as conservation, water recycling, rainwater capture, and more efficient agricultural irrigation techniques. Read more. 

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California Has Potential to Turn Water Deficit to Surplus
6.10.2014- Drought-stricken California has more than twice the water capacity needed to erase an annual deficit of more than 6 million acre-feet,…Read more.

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New Ways to Make Dirty Water Clean
6.9.2014 – Traditional desalination has meant turning seawater into drinking water. But new technologies not only improve desalination but open up ways to use agricultural water and industrial effluent too. Read more

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The Age of Climate Warfare is Here. The Military-Industrial Complex is Ready. Are You?
5.30.14-
A new study accepted for publication in the July issue of the American Meteorological Society’s journal Weather, Climate, and Society, underscores the role of climate changeRead more.

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Syrian Conflict Exacerbated by Effects of Poor Water Management
5.28.14
-Wasteful irrigation practices coupled with a five-year drought in the Middle East increased tensions among those involved in Syria’s three-year civil war...Read more.

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Cities that Depend on Snowmelt for Water Could Face Problems, Study Suggests
5.19.14 – A new study finds that when more precipitation falls as rain instead of snow, stream flows in drainage basins decline. This could complicate matters for areas that need snowmelt … Read more

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5 Dramatic Ways California Is Tackling Drought
5.8.14- California’s current drought is not the state’s driest spell on record in terms of total precipitation. If the state feels this drought as a particularly severe one…Read more.

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4.30.14
-As California’s historic drought continues, the East Bay Municipal Utility District is tapping the Sacramento River to help its 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties weather the dry spring without water rationing…Watch video here.
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4.29.14 - 
May is fast approaching, and with it, the end of the rainy season. At least, what passed for a rainy season this year. Much of California is still in an “extreme” or even… Read more
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4.22.14 – In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars… Read more
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4.18.14 – Americans, unlike people in many parts of the world, tend to take clean water for granted. For most of us, it’s also cheap: The average U.S. household pays $372 a year for drinking… Read more
bloomberg-view-logo Bigger Dams Won’t Make California Greener 
4.3.2014 - California’s northern rivers are so low that young Chinook salmon have to be trucked on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Yet to listen to some farmers and their political allies…Read more
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3.16.2014 - 
Re “Global Warming? Not Always,” by Martin P. Hoerling (Sunday Review, March 9): Re “Global Warming?” Read more
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3.8.14 - 
Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills. Read more
Print American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga
2.24.14 A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state. Read more
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Peter Gleick and Pacific Institute Emphasize Water Conservation
2.24.14
Nearly three decades ago, when Peter Gleick started the Pacific Institute to work on water and other environmental issues, California was in the grip of a fierce drought. Read more

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Severe drought? California has been here before
2.23.14 – A thousand-year tree-ring study shows that deep droughts come with the territory. Now the issue is how to deal… Read more

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Governor Plans $687 Million for California Drought
2.19.14 – Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout… Read more

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Can California Farmers Save Water and the Dying Salton Sea?
2.18.2014 - Standing atop a rocky outcrop on the southeastern edge of the Salton Sea in southern California, Bruce Wilcox pointed to the wooden ruins of a boat dock that dates back to the… Read more

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Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech
2.17.2014 – Besieged by drought and desperate for new sources of water, California towns are ramping up plans to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. Read more.

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Experts Urge Long-Term Approach to Water Scarcity in California
2.13.14 – As President Barack Obama travels to Fresno focusing on California’s extreme drought, scientists are advocating efforts to align water use with dwindling supplies… Read more

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In California, Not a Drop to Drink
2.10.14 – Within California’s complex and delicate infrastructure, the land around Bishop is vitally important. Nestled near the eastern border of the Sierra Nevada mountain range… Read more

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California Drought Impact Seen Spreading From Fires to Food Cost
2.07.14- The drought that’s gripping California may soon have the rest of the country seeking relief. The emergency, which follows the state’s driest year on record, is likely to… Read more

 forum-npr-logo Despite Recent Rain, Drought Fears Escalate
2.5.2014 – California faces what may be its worst drought in modern history. At least 17 communities and water districts in the state could run out of water within 100 days… Read more
 climate-progress-logo Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California’s Epic Drought
1.31.2014 - Scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring on ever-worsening droughts, especially in semi-arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. As climatologist James Hansen… Read more
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1.31.2014 - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning … Read more
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1.28.2014 – Water is running low in California. Reservoirs are receding, leaving lake beds cracking in the warm winter sun. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, traditionally a third … Read more
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1.28.2014 - I remember the dead lawns, 90-second timed showers, empty fountains and pools, and water cops issuing tickets for washing one’s dirty car. Read more
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1.27.2014 - They are praying for rain in California.  And facing drought.  A drought emergency, Governor Jerry Brown declared last week.  Worst in years.  Winter weather so warm… Read more. 
new-zealand-herald-logo California’s Drought Sparks Fears for Future
1.25.2014 - Some say state needs to rethink policies to suitably deal with climate change. Read more
motherjones 6 Scary Facts About California’s Drought
1.18.2014 - “Fire season just didn’t end this year. The comment came from Scott Miller, the Los Angeles County fire inspector, in the wake of the Colby Fire in the foothills near Los Angeles … Read more
KTVU_2_logo Drought May Alter California Lifestyles
1.17.2014 - 
Water policy experts tell KTVU that the governor’s drought emergency declaration is an important first step. It may let the state divert water and get federal funds, but the… Read more
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1.17.2014 – Gov. Jerry Brown’s decree urges residents to cut water use by 20% and takes steps to ease shortage’s effects on farms and wildlife.
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1.14.2014 – The drought in California has become so severe that cities are preparing to impose restrictions on water use in homes.  Listen to the story
Viewpoints: Why I’m still confused about the proposed tunnels in the Delta
11.6.2013 - I and my colleagues at the Pacific Institute have worked on California water issues for more than a quarter of a century. It is therefore no surprise that we get asked on a regular …Read More
Climate Change Likely to Increase Water Scarcity
9.25.2013 - In light of the recent Colorado flooding caused by unprecedented rainfall, it may seem counterintuitive to worry about a global paucity of water. Read More
  Water, Water, Everywhere—But Not A Drop To Drink?
9.17.2013 - With the planet getting warmer and more populated, the trend lines seem clear: the thirst on Earth is building. Is there enough water to go around, and if so, for how long? Read More

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