Latest News and Updates from the Pacific Institute

The Perils of “Drought Fatigue,” New Advisory Council, and more.
September 2016
Daniel M. Edwards

Feds Pledge to Support Salton Sea

On August 31, the Obama Administration
announced a pledge of $30 million in support of California’s Salton Sea restoration projects. Water Program Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen cautions, “There is still no understanding as to how the state will achieve its goal of 25,000 acres of habitat and dust control projects in time to avert a regional public health and ecological catastrophe at the Salton Sea.”

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Sherry Smith
New Release: Community Guide for Evaluating Future Urban Water Demand
Predictions of future urban water demand are routinely overestimated, resulting in unneeded and expensive water supply and treatment infrastructure, leading to higher costs to ratepayers and negative environmental impacts. This guide will empower community members with the knowledge and tools they need to understand water demand forecasts and engage effectively in the decision-making process. 

Read more here
Steven Depolo
The Pacific Institute at World Water Week in Stockholm
This year’s World Water Week conference from August 28 to September 2 in Stockholm, Sweden brought together experts, practitioners, decision-makers, and business people from around the world to exchange ideas and spark innovation around important water issues

Read about the Pacific Institute’s involvement in World Water Week here
AP/Rich Pedroncelli
Featured Article:
Water Deeply: Twelve California Water Experts to Watch on Climate and Energy
As California faces the reality of climate change and prolonged drought, reducing the energy costs of water production
 including through conserving electricity and increasing water efficiency – will become increasingly important.
Water Deeply’s
 list of California water experts includes President Emeritus and Chief Scientist 
Peter Gleick and Water Program Director Heather Cooley. 

Read the article here
Imagine H2O California Water Policy Challenge
Pacific Institute Water Program Director Heather Cooley will serve on the judging panel of Imagine H2O‘s 2017 California Water Policy Challenge. The competition will showcase policy proposals that accelerate the deployment of water data solutions. Winning projects will receive generous support. 

Read more here.

J. Carl Ganter
Update from Circle of Blue
An Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
Circle of Blue’s Brett Walton was recently honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists. His series on America’s “under-the-radar” septic infrastructure won first place for “outstanding explanatory reporting.”

Read the series here.  Visit Circle of Blue’s website here.

In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach

Water and Long-Term Value

Future Outreach

On October 5, President Emeritus and Chief Scientist Peter Gleick will deliver the keynote address at the 
Water & Long-Term Value 2 conference in San Francisco. He will describe the Pacific Institute’s reframing of how governments, communities, and the private sector are tackling the growing challenges of water scarcity, conflict, and climate change. 

Read more about the event here. 

Corporations’ Role in Driving Urban Water Infrastructure Solutions

Past Outreach

On September 20, Corporate Sustainability Senior Research Associate Heather Rippman served on a panel at VERGE in Santa Clara, California, where she discussed the role of corporations in driving water infrastructure solutions in cities around the globe.

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Read the full list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.
In the News
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape Water Debates

News Deeply
Peter Gleick: Why California’s Current Drought Is Different

The Desert Sun:
 Obama at Lake Tahoe: White House Pledges Support for Salton Sea, Geothermal Energy

The Huffington Post: The West May Not Be So Doomed On Water After All

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