Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation Supports California Drought Research and Solution Effort

August 25, 2014 – Oakland, CA: The Pacific Institute is pleased to announce a commitment from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help address the severe drought and ongoing water challenges in California. The $250,000 grant will support the Pacific Institute’s drought research and response effort.

The Pacific Institute will analyze the best available data on water supply and demand in California and the potential to reduce demand through water conservation and efficiency and augment supplies through stormwater capture and water reuse. In addition, the Institute will expand tools for improving landscape irrigation and helping residents understand and reduce their water use.

“This grant will allow the Pacific Institute to develop short- and long-term solutions to the California drought based on rigorous research and analysis,” said Heather Cooley, Director of the Pacific Institute Water Program. “We’re excited to work with Bank of America and other organizations on this critical initiative.”

“The severe drought in California necessitates finding a new, innovative approach to addressing the water resource challenges our communities face,” said Janet Lamkin, Bank of America’s California State President. “Our support for the Pacific Institute is part of a broader response the bank is making to the California drought, beginning earlier this year when we committed $500,000 to help increase the capacity of local food banks to serve agricultural workers who have lost their jobs because of the drought.”

The Pacific Institute plans to work in collaboration with a wide range of NGOs and research and communications groups in developing and furthering sustainable water use in California in the face of drought and for the future.

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