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Tunnel Vision: This Water Plan Might Make a Splash in the Delta
11.21.2018 – A long-debated water plan that could change the course—literally—of water in California, will be up for a vote by the State Water Resources Control Board…Read More.
Counting Homes Cut Off From Water Is A Data Collection Nightmare
11.20.2018 – Earlier this year, state regulators sent California’s roughly 3,000 community water systems an annual report that included what the authors thought was a reasonable…Read More.
Op-ed by Peter Gleick: Voters Rejected Proposition 3. Where Now on Water?
11.12.2018 – California voters have rejected Proposition 3, the $8.9 billion water bond, sending a message to…Read More.
Op-Ed by Pacific Institute Staff: Untangling the Complexities of California’s Proposition 3 Water Bond
10.29.2018 – The $8.9 billion bond measure on the November 6 ballot covers a lot of …Read More.
How Water, Rather than Oil, Could Spark Conflict in the Middle East
10.17.2018 – With 5% of the world’s population but only 1% of global freshwater, the Middle East has long been identified…Read More.
Water Conflicts Worldwide Threaten Peace Amid Efforts to Preserve Resources
10.14.2018 – Conflicts over water are on the rise across the globe as populations balloon in Asia and Africa, new dams alter river flow…Read More.
Op-Ed by Michael Cohen: Hard Lessons at the Salton Sea from the First 15 Years of the Massive QSA Water Deal
10.11.2018 – Oct. 10 marked the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA). The QSA created…Read More.
The Salton Sea is Shrinking Even Faster, and California Still Hasn’t Done Much to Fix It
09.19.2018 – More than 100 people gathered on a dry stretch of dirt at Red Hill Bay, where the lake’s shoreline was receding quickly. They were there to…Read More.
Water Is Free. Why Do Americans Spend Billions on the Bottled Stuff?
09.05.2018 – According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, bottled water was an $18.5 billion industry in the U.S. in 2017….Read More.
The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here
08.23.2018 – For eons, the earth has had the same amount of water—no more, no less. What the ancient Romans used for crops and Nefertiti drank? It’s the same…Read More.
5 Easy Ways to Eliminate Plastic From Your Travels
08.14.2018 – No matter how good travel may be for the soul, it’s not always great for the environment….Read More.
Capturing Stormwater and Other Worthwhile Pursuits
08.08.2018 – For thirsty cities, stormwater is a valued resource to shore up water supplies and adapt to climate change…Read More.
Survival of North America’s Desert Wetlands Depends on Lake Mead
08.04.2018 – La Cienega de Santa Clara, sitting at the edge of the Sonoran Desert in northwestern Mexico…Read More.
How Communities Are Turning Stormwater From a Liability to an Asset
07.13.2018 – A new report from the Pacific Institute outlines creative collaborations and policy changes needed to better scale stormwater solutions…Read More.
In Deep Water: Water Economy is Threatened by Climate Change
07.07.2018 – Water is so precious because it is limited by nature. The science of water economy studies the way in which water resources are limited…Read More.
Southern California’s Coastal Communities Could Lose 130 Feet of Cliffs This Century as Sea Levels Rise
06.27.2018 – It’s not just beaches and sand that are disappearing as the ocean pushes inland. Sea level rise is also eating away at California’s coastal cliffs…Read More.
Lawrence Berkeley Scientists Find a Cool Way to Save Water
06.04.2018 – Saving water may be as simple as changing the type of roof you have, two scientists in Berkeley discovered…Read More.
Scientists Track the Role of Water Resources in Global Conflicts
06.01.2018 – When it comes to conflict over water resources, the stories are as different as the cultures and the context…Read More.
How the Colorado River’s Future Could Hinge on a Little-known California Election
05.30.2018 – A few thousand votes in California’s Imperial Valley could have major consequences for millions of people who depend…Read More.
As Droughts Worsen, U.S. Water Insecurity Grows
05.26.2018 – Burgeoning population growth and a decadeslong decline in groundwater resources is adding to the instability…Read More.
California’s Only Sea is Dying and Now Threatening Children
05.23.2018 – The Salton Sea is steadily disappearing, and communities near it are literally being left in the dust…Read More.
Heavy Pumping Strains Desert Water Supply
05.23.2018 – Water pumped from hundreds of wells has transformed the desert of the Coachella Valley into a lush patchwork…Read More.
Bottled Water and the Damage Done: Coping With Plastic Pollution
05.21.2018 – Turn to the nation’s most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players…Read More.
A recipe for war: Soon, 40 Percent of People Will Live in Water-stressed Regions
05.21.2018 – If the preciousness and precariousness of freshwater eludes many of us, the immediate future will likely afford far fewer that privilege…Read More.
County to Host Workshop on Water Import Projects
05.20.2018 – Last fall the National Resource Agency invited proposals for projects involving importing water from the …Read More.
California Moves Closer to Crafting Specific Water Caps for Urban Districts
05.18.2018 – California cities and towns may find themselves on a water budget in the next decade under a pair of bills approved Thursday by the legislature…Read More.
Humans are Causing Massive Changes in the Location of Water Around the World, NASA Says
05.16.2018 – A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth…Read More.
California, Battered by Global Warming’s Weather Whiplash, is Fighting to Stop It
05.14.2018 – Three decades later, California has been ravaged by just this sort of weather whiplash…Read More.
Ballot Measure Aims to Preserve Salton Sea, Help Air Quality
05.02.2018 – A project to protect Californians who live near the Salton Sea from deteriorating air quality could sink…Read More.
How Can Food Companies Engage in the Global Goals Agenda on Water?
05.01.2018 – With the era of dam building coming to an end in much of the developed world…Read More.
Where Water is Scarce, Communities Turn to Reusing Wastewater
05.01.2018 – With the era of dam building coming to an end in much of the developed world…Read More.
10 Questions About the 11 Proposals to Save the Salton Sea
04.17.2018 – Less than fifteen miles from where Beyonce took the stage at the Coachella Music Festival …Read More.
Drought Returns To Huge Swaths Of U.S., Fueling Fears Of A Thirsty Future
04.17.2018 – Global warming, worsening droughts, vanishing groundwater and growing populations will make the U.S. more vulnerable to water …Read More.
The ‘New Normal’? Sierra Snow Drought Endures Despite ‘Miracle’ March
04.16.2018 – The series of March storms that slammed the Sierra Nevada made skiers and snowboarders …Read More.
Celebrated Momentum Fades at the Salton Sea
03.31.2018 – Considering the history of the past 15 years, it shouldn’t come as a shock…Read More.
From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained
03.22.2018 – Many more cities than Cape Town face an uncertain future over water. But there are emerging …Read More.
We Need Far More Than a Day Dedicated to Water Issues
03.21.2018 – As many followers of GreenBiz know, today is World Water Day, an annual event dedicated…Read More.
California Promised to Work on the Salton Sea Crisis. a Year Later, Little Has Been Done and Costs Are up $27m
03.21.2018 – A year ago, California’s Natural Resources Agency issued a plan for the Salton Sea…Read More.
Can the Salton Sea be saved?
03.20.2018 – If you don’t live near the fading banks of the Salton Sea, it’s easy to forget it exists — that is, until the winds pick up. …Read More.
$10 Million Coming to Bay Area Desalination Project; but It’s Not on the Ocean
03.16.2018 – The ocean has been eyed as a panacea for California’s perpetual trials with drought. The idea …Read More.
This is What a West Without Water Will Look Like
03.15.2018 – The Southwest United States is wrapping up an abnormally dry winter. Nearly all of Utah, New Mexico …Read More.
How A Dying Lake In California Factors Into The Colorado River’s Future
03.13.2018 – The biggest lake in California is shrinking. The Salton Sea occupies a hot, desert basin a short drive …Read More.
Can Importing Water From The Gulf Of California Save The Salton Sea?
03.11.2018 – A lot of people are saying you need to import water from Mexico to save the Salton Sea, but there are several …Read More.
From Almonds to Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields by 2050
03.02.2018 – Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in California by up to 40 percent by 2050. That’s a big deal for farmers in the …Read More.
Study: Climate Change Threatens Major Crops in California
02.27.2018 – California currently provides two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts, but according to a new study published…Read More.
Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration
02.25.2018 – Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation…Read More.
Day Zero: Lessons from Cape Town’s Crisis
02.16.2018 – Cape Town, South Africa, has been in the news a lot lately, due to its water crisis, labeled “Day Zero.” But what exactly does the term mean? How did a water crisis like this…Read More.
For the Growing Global Water Crisis, Climate Change May be the Last Straw
02.15.2018 – Before man-made climate change kicked in — and well before Cape Town’s “Day Zero”, where…Read More.
California Drought: Water Conservation Slipping Statewide as Dry Weather Returns
02.14.2018 – As California suffers through another dry winter, increasing fears that drought conditions may be…Read More.
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick: We Have Seen The Future Of Water, And It Is Cape Town
02.09.2018 – Cape Town is parched. Severe drought and high water use have collided in South Africa’s second largest city…Read More.
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick: Cape Town Is Running out of Water. Could More Cities Be Next?
02.08.2018 – After more than three years of severe drought, Cape Town, a city of nearly 4 million people, is running…Read More.
Cape Town is Running Out of Water. Is Los Angeles Next?
02.06.2018 – There’s an expression in Afrikaans, n boer maak a plan, which roughly translates to “a farmer makes…Read More.
Circular Water Management: Still a Drop in the Bucket
02.05.2018 – While the risks associated with water are widely known within large businesses, the majority of companies…Read More.
Cape Town’s Water Restrictions Now Limit Residents to Absolute Minimum Needed for Survival
02.01.2018 – Cape Town is trying to make a little bit of water go a long way. Its reservoirs are down…Read More.
Winter Heat Wave Bakes the Southwest, Bringing Renewed Worries of Severe Drought
01.30.2018 – The pear trees are already blooming in Celeste Cantú’s garden. She usually sees the blossoms…Read More.
California Water: Desalination Projects Move Forward with New State Funding
01.30.2018 – California water officials have approved $34.4 million in grants to eight desalination projects…Read More.
Evian Will Make All Its Water Bottles Out Of 100% Recycled Plastic
01.18.2018 – Can the bottled water industry solve its sustainability problem…Read More.
Reno’s Warming Trend Continued in 2017 and Hindered Snowfall
01.09.2018 – Last year was the wettest on record in Reno and among the warmest. The 13.73 inches of precipitation …Read More.


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