Latest News and Updates from the Pacific Institute
July 2017
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Featured Op-Ed: Water and National U.S. Security   
By President Emeritus Peter Gleick


“The failure to address water problems through diplomacy will lead to new and growing security risks, including for the U.S.,” writes President Emeritus Peter Gleick in this recent War Room op-ed.



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Water Conflicts over the Centuries and Millennia

Update from Circle of Blue, an Affiliate of the Pacific Institute


Water, or lack thereof, is often at the frontlines of conflict. Peter Gleick discusses instances where water and violence have gone hand in hand, documenting water conflict across the globe and throughout history.


Listen to the podcast here. Visit Circle of Blue’s website here. 
Featured Blog Post: Make Public Drinking Water Fountains Great Again   
By Former Research Associate Rapichan Phurisamban and President Emeritus Peter Gleick


Drinking fountains are disappearing from public places, along with the quality affordable tap water they provide. Focusing on fountain features that ensure quality, convenience, and reliability can help increase public confidence in fountains and encourage their use, write Rapichan Phurisamban and Peter Gleick.



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Meet Our Summer Corporate Sustainability Intern


Morgan Campbell joined the Pacific Institute in June. She says she is excited to work on advancing sustainable landscapes in California’s Santa Ana Watershed and to help develop metrics for the California Water Action Collaborative. She will also help calculate the benefits of context-based water targets for corporations.



Read more about Morgan here


In Brief
Pacific Institute Experts’ Outreach


Oilfield Water for Irrigation

Past Outreach   




On June 28, Senior Research Associate Laura Feinstein presented to the Central Valley Water Board on oilfield produced water for crop irrigation in California, as part of a newly-launched collaboration between Duke University, RTI International, Cal-State University Bakersfield, and the Pacific Institute. The collaboration seeks to advance evidence-based decision-making and policy development in the use of oilfield produced water for irrigation, and to strengthen stakeholder knowledge and engagement with the practice.


The Salton Sea and Southern California’s Water Future 
Past Outreach 


On June 28, Senior Research Associate Michael Cohen participated in the “The Salton Sea and Southern California’s Water Future” panel at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California headquarters in Los Angeles. He described the importance and urgency of addressing the mounting problems at the Salton Sea in the context of water supply reliability for the 19 million people in Southern California who depend on Colorado River water, and the failure to date of the state of California to demonstrate the urgency required.
View the presentation here
In the News
Pacific Institute Staff Help Shape Water Debates
Los Angeles Times: The Next Crisis for California Will Be the Affordability of Water
The Sacramento Bee: Why Go for Desal When California Has Cheaper Options? Op-Ed by Heather Cooley
The Huffington Post: Water And Conflict: Fighting Wars Over A Precious Resource
KQED: Let’s Drink: Scenic Water Fountains and Why It’s Radical to Use Them


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