December 17, 2021

Featured in SF Chronicle

Californians Have A Lot of Ideas For How to Get More Water. Most of Them Are Really Bad.

When it comes to water, Californians have a lot of big ideas for how to get more of it.

One of the latest is in Marin County, where water managers are looking to build an 8-mile pipeline atop the towering Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The line would allow water to be moved across San Francisco Bay from other parts of the state, to prop up sagging local supplies. 

October 19, 2021

Featured in Los Angeles Times

Newsom Declares Statewide Drought Emergency, Urges California to Conserve Water

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide drought emergency on Tuesday, appealing to all Californians to do more to conserve water in the face of one of the state’s most severe droughts on record.

“As the western U.S. faces a potential third year of drought, it’s critical that Californians across the state redouble our efforts to save water in every way possible,” Newsom said.

October 19, 2021

Featured in CalMatters

Newsom Declares Drought Emergency Across California

Gov. Gavin Newsom today declared a drought emergency for the entire state of California, as conservation efforts continue to fall far short of state targets.

Newsom also authorized California’s water regulators to ban wasteful water use, such as spraying down public sidewalks, and directed his Office of Emergency Services to fund drinking water as needed. But he stopped short of issuing any statewide conservation mandates. 

September 23, 2021

Featured in Bloomberg

A Tiny Piece of Plastic is Helping Farmers Use Far Less Water

On the bone-dry western flank of Arizona, where the Colorado River Basin meets the Mojave Desert, sit 11,000 acres of alfalfa, sorghum, wheat, and Sudan grass belonging to the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), all destined to be harvested and sold for animal feed. 

For anything to grow here, irrigation is a must. Less than a quarter inch of rain has fallen so far this year, according to Josh Moore, who manages the farm on behalf of his tribe.

September 10, 2021

Featured in Grist

Indigenous Action Wins the Day

A recent report by Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International found that Indigenous-led resistance to 21 fossil fuel projects in the U.S. and Canada over the past decade has stopped or delayed an amount of greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least one-quarter of annual U.S. and Canadian emissions. 

September 10, 2021

Featured in New York Times

How California’s Recall Laws Could Change

The looming recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom has revealed something of a paradox among Californians: We hold dear our ability to recall elected leaders from office but believe the process by which we do so to be deeply flawed.

September 9, 2021

Featured in KPBS

California’s Thirst for Water May Accelerate Global Warming

A new study finds the push to secure more water in California may hurt the state’s ability to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

The nonpartisan group Next 10 and the Pacific Institute, a think tank focusing on water issues, found the state’s drive for drinkable water may exacerbate the conditions that are warming the global climate. 

August 17, 2021

Featured in The Mercury News

Newsom Says Mandatory Statewide Water Restrictions for California May Be on the Way

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that he may put mandatory water restrictions in place in as soon as six weeks from now as the state’s historic drought continues to worsen.

The declaration came as the governor and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan inspected recovery efforts at Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains one year after a massive wildfire burned through the park’s ancient redwoods.