October 2018
Upcoming Live Video:
Jason Morrison and Heather Cooley at VERGE 18 Conference and Expo
On Wednesday October 17th, Pacific Institute President Jason Morrison and Director of Research Heather Cooley will discuss the effects of climate change on global water resources and water business risk. The
conversation will be moderated by Research Associate Cora Kammeyer. Watch live at approximately 2 PM PST from the Pacific Institute’s
Facebook page.
Blog Post:
The Stormwater Opportunity
By Research Associate Morgan Shimabuku and Senior Researcher Sarah Diringer
Last month, rain touched down in California, wetting the state’s parched hills, as well as city streets. A new blog post,
“The Stormwater Opportunity,” highlights management strategies and financing tools used throughout California to boost local water supplies with water from storms. Read more
here.
Op-Ed:
Hard Lessons at the Salton Sea
By Senior Researcher Michael Cohen
“Four years after the Imperial Irrigation District’s threats and three full years after the newest round of state promises, we’re still waiting for California to act at the Salton Sea,” writes Michael Cohen in this Desert Sun op-ed. The sea’s deterioration imperils migrating birds, while toxic dust blowing from its exposed surface threatens the health of more than half a million Californians. Cohen suggests measures to ensure state accountability for habitat and dust-control projects at the dwindling sea.
Read more
here.
California’s Salton Sea: Management Program Update
Last month, we wrote that in September, the California State Water Resources Control Board would hear an update on the status of the Natural Resources Agency’s
Salton Sea Management Program and its progress toward meeting the requirement to construct 500 acres of habitat and dust control projects by the end of this year. These projects are crucial for the health of local
ecosystems and the
communities surrounding the sea. This
update has been delayed until October 16th.
Report:
CEO Water Mandate Annual Meeting Summary
This August, the United Nations Global Compact’s
CEO Water Mandate — which the Pacific Institute is
co-secretariat for — explored nature-based solutions for better climate resilience, the role of investors in scaling water stewardship, and more at
World Water Week in Stockholm. Read the CEO Water Mandate’s Annual Meeting Summary
here.
Meet Our Fall Communications Intern Conner Smith
Conner Smith joined the Pacific Institute in September. After spending the past year working on environmental issues in the Caribbean, he says he is excited to dive into water resource issues in the West, among other topics. At the Institute, he will be helping promote research and events through social media and other communications tools.
Read more
here.
Upcoming Events: October and November
October 16: Senior Researcher Michael Cohen will attend the State Water Resources Control Board meeting on California’s Salton Sea Management Program in Sacramento.
October 16: Senior Researcher Laura Feinstein will join a panel at the Rural Water and Sanitation Forum in West Sacramento.
October 17: President Jason Morrison will speak at the
VERGE 18 Conference and Expo in Oakland. That same day, Mr. Morrison and Director of Research Heather Cooley will participate in a Facebook Live video
conversation, streamed from the Pacific Institute
Facebook page. Tune in!
October 17: Senior Researcher Anne Thebo will present at the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage annual conference in Phoenix.
October 24: President Jason Morrison will provide a keynote speech at the Textile Exchange’s annual conference in Milan, Italy.
November 13: Senior Researcher Michael Cohen will participate in the Salton Sea Management Program 10-Year Plan committee meeting in Coachella, California.
Keep an eye out for more upcoming staff events on our
news page
. Read the list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach
here
.
Pacific Institute in the News
Minnesota Public Radio: Peter Gleick on ‘The World’s Freshwater: From Conflict to Peace’
The Desert Sun: The Salton Sea is Shrinking Even Faster, and California Still Hasn’t Done Much to Fix It
The Mainichi: Water Conflicts Worldwide Threaten Peace Amid Efforts to Preserve Resources
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