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Water and Environmental Justice

  • An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California and Fracking Issue Briefs

    Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, has generated tremendous controversy over the past several years. In light of growing concern about fracking in California, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) in 2013, requiring...»

  • Insights into Proposition 1: The 2014 California Water Bond

    With the state facing serious and deepening water challenges, voters on November 4th will be asked whether to approve Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. The ballot measure...»

  • Key Issues in Seawater Desalination in California: Marine Impacts

    Desalination, like other major industrial processes, has environmental impacts that must be understood and mitigated. A new report from the Pacific Institute examines effects on the marine environment associated with the construction and long-term...»

  • Assessing Water Affordability

    A new pilot study in California shows many households, even within affluent communities, routinely spend over the affordability threshold of 2 percent of their household income on their water bill. The number of water...»

  • A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy

    In the new book A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, published by Oxford University Press, Pacific Institute researchers present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our...»

  • Pacific Institute Analyzes the 2010 California Water Bond

    At the end of 2009, a series of water-related bills was passed by the California Legislature, with the intent of moving the state out of decades of gridlock over water resource management. Simultaneously, the...»

  • Measuring What Matters

    Published by the Pacific Institute and seven local partner organizations, Measuring What Matters: Neighborhood Research for Economic and Environmental Health and Justice in Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo quantifies how serious, avoidable problems...»

  • A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

    While more than a billion people lack safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to sanitation worldwide, numerous technologies and approaches already exist to provide access to clean water, safe sanitation, and hygiene education....»

  • The Human Right to Water

    More than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Two and a half billion people live without access to adequate sanitation systems necessary to reduce exposure to water-related diseases. The failure of...»

  • Environment and Drought in California 1987-1992

    Published: July 1993Authors: Linda NashPages: 96 The years 1987 to 1992 comprised the second driest period in California’s recorded climate history. For six years, precipitation in the state was only about three-quarters of the...»