New Report Released, Pacific Institute at 8th World Water Forum, Sustainable 21st Century Cities, and More
April 2018
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New Release: A Survey of Efforts to Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation in California 
An underappreciated number of Californians lack adequate access to water and sanitation. These issues are especially acute in low-income unincorporated communities; people living in these communities often lack the most basic features of a safe and healthy neighborhood, such as potable drinking water and sewer systems. A new report by the ACLU of Northern California and the Pacific Institute, A Survey of Efforts to Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation in California, examines water access issues in the state and offers solutions. 

Read more here
Stark Global Water Report Triggers New Collaboration Among Global Partnerships 
In the face of profound global water challenges, on World Water Day five global multi-stakeholder partnerships, including the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, for which the Pacific Institute is co-secretariat, announced a new collaboration. This new effort aims to accelerate progress toward ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation around the globe.

Read more here
Sarah Diringer Accepted to Women’s Policy Institute
Senior Research Associate Sarah Diringer has been accepted to the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute. She will be studying local policy development and working with a team of women leaders to promote access to sanitation for those experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, California. 

The Pacific Institute at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil


Every three years, the World Water Forum brings together experts, water managers, and organizations to discuss global water crises and potential solutions. This year, the Pacific Institute joined the discussion in its role as co-secretariat of the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, an initiative that seeks to mobilize business leaders to advance water stewardship, sanitation, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Read about our activities at the 8th World Water Forum here

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Featured Blog Post: Collective Action Toward Water Security in Brazil

By Research Associates Abbey Warner and Giuliana Chaves Moreira

Brazil’s water basins hold 12 percent of the world’s freshwater, yet the country continues to face serious water challenges. At the 8th World Water Forum in March, the United Nations Global Compact Brazil Network and the CEO Water Mandate organized an event to bring together the Brazilian private sector, NGOs, and other organizations seeking to address water risks in Brazil to discuss water security challenges and solutions in the country. 

Read more here

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America’s Oil Boom Cannot Happen Without Groundwater
Update from Circle of Blue, an Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
This month, Circle of Blue’s Keith Schneider reports on the substantial environmental and public risks of drilling, fracking, and extracting crude oil and natural gas in New Mexico’s Permian Basin.  

Read more hereVisit Circle of Blue’s website here. 
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When a City Runs Dry: What Cape Town Can Tell Us About the Future of Water

Earlier this month, Director of Research Heather Cooley joined Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University’s Water in the West program, for a conversation at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. They discussed Cape Town’s water crisis, water challenges facing other major cities around the world, and how cities can better manage their water resources for growing populations and a changing climate.  

View a video of the conversation here
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Evaluating Future Water Demand: A Workshop for River Advocates
Future Outreach    


On May 2, Director of Research Heather Cooley will lead a workshop for river advocates at River Rally 2018 in Olympic Valley, California. The workshop will focus on practical tips for evaluating future water demand. 

Learn more about this event here

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Other Upcoming Events


May 2-4: Director of Research Heather Cooley and Senior Research Associate Sarah Diringer will attend the Sustainable Water Resources Round Table Meeting: Restoration and Management for Sustainability in Healdsburg, California.

May 5-8: Senior Research Associate  Anne Thebo will present at the 2018 Water Research Foundation Conference: Advancing Reuse and Integrated Water in Atlanta. 

May 8-10: President Jason Morrison, Director of Research Heather Cooley, and Research Associate Cora Kammeyer will attend the spring meeting of the California Water Action Collaborative in Irvine, California

May 10: Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum in Salt Lake City. 

Keep an eye out for more upcoming staff events on our news page. Read the list of Pacific Institute experts’ past outreach here.
In the News
National Geographic: From Not Enough to Too Much, the World’s Water Crisis Explained

GreenBiz: We Need Far More Than a Day Dedicated to Water Issues

The Week: Can the Salton Sea Be Saved?

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