Oroville Dam Crisis, State of the Salton Sea, and More

Latest News and Updates from the Pacific Institute 
February 2017
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Featured Op-Eds: The Oroville Dam Crisis: The Bigger Picture
By Peter Gleick, President Emeritus and Chief Scientist and Laura Feinstein, Senior Research Associate  

Recent disasters and crises around the country over the past few years -- including the recent Oroville Dam crisis -- have highlighted gaping holes in how we prioritize, maintain, and fund critical water infrastructure. How can we better manage California's water supplies in the future? Peter Gleick and Laura Feinstein answer this and other important questions in two recently published op-eds. 

Read The Hill: "Oroville Dam Crisis Shows Why We Can't Take Water Infrastructure for Granted" by Peter Gleick here 

Read Water Deeply: "Big-Picture Questions Raised by the Oroville Dam Emergency" by Laura Feinstein and Peter Gleick here


Pacific Institute experts have been busy speaking and writing about the Oroville Dam crisis. Read 

a selection of recent articles and op-eds here. View news shows here. Listen to radio stories and news programs here

 Douglas A. Barnum, U.S. Geological Survey
New Release: State of the Salton Sea
How can the seas's ecosystem adjust to drastic changes in the near future? 
Managers and stakeholders have turned to the scientific community for answers, and in response, Michael Cohen of the Pacific Institute and other scientists have proposed a set of scientific and monitoring efforts that would help retain the sea as a functional ecosystem.  

Read the full report published by the U.S. Geological Survey here
Northwest Horticulture Society Santa Barbara Tour

Water Policy in California
Collaborating on Water Conservation Policy

In January, a group of scientists, including Pacific Institute President Emeritus and Chief Scientist Peter Gleick and Water Program Director Heather Cooley, wrote a letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to continue to make conservation and efficiency a top priority for water management in California. 

Read more about the Institute's collaboration on California water policy here
Meet Our Staff: Rapichan Phurisamban

Senior Research Associate 

Water has unique significance for Rapichan, who was born in "the City of Water," a direct translation of Chonburi City in Thailand. "One of my fondest childhood memories was visiting my relatives' home and swimming in a nearby stream that cut through their property," she recalls. "The stream has since become too polluted for swimming, just like many others throughout the country."  

Read more here
Summer Internship Opportunities

Congressman George Miller Water Policy Leadership Grants Program

The Pacific Institute is seeking emerging environmental leaders from a variety of backgrounds to contribute to its work through thCongressman George Miller Water Policy Leadership Program's summer internships. 

Read more about this opportunity here
2017 Preview from Circle of Blue
An Affiliate of the Pacific Institute
In disruptive times, how can we devise a new language for water that signals positive intentions, leading us to do more good rather than simply less bad? On February 28, join architect and design thinker William McDonough for an interactive broadcast to help design a new language for water.
Register here to participate in this virtual, interactive town hall.

Visit Circle of Blue's website here. 
In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts' Outreach

Workshop on the Human Right to Water
Future Outreach 

On February 23, Peter Gleick will attend a workshop at the Vatican on the human right to water. The event aims to create an interdisciplinary space for debate, thoughtful analysis, and proposals toward public policies in water and sanitation management that promote greater social justice, solidarity, and sustainable development. 

Read more about this event here.
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The Colorado River and California's Water Supply
Past Outreach   


On January 30-31, Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen took part in the opening panel at the California Irrigation Institute's 55th Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, where he discussed the importance of the Colorado River for California's water supply.

Read more about this event here.

Read the full list of Pacific Institute experts' past outreach here.

Water for People, Water for Life


The Pacific Institute's balanced and collaborative approach to solving pressing water challenges is an antidote to the uncertainty and volatility of our times. Your gift to our Rapid Response Fund will help us influence decision-makers, ensuring the availability of clean water for people and ecosystems around the world. 
In the News
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape Water Debates
The New York Times: Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress

The Mercury News: Desalination of Aquifers Offers Drought-Weary California New Hope

The Sacramento Bee Op-Ed by Laura Feinstein: California Should Protect the Most Vulnerable People Affected by Drought

Water Deeply: Study Finds Two Groups Hardest Hit by California's Drought

Read more news stories and op-eds featuring the Pacific Institute here
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