Blog | December 4, 2019

Managing Urban Flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area: From a Concrete Bowl to a Green Sponge

The first fall storm is rolling through the San Francisco Bay Area this week, marking the beginning of the rainy season. While this may mean a reprieve from this season’s wildfires, it also means there’s a new risk: floods. In this post, I dig into the issue of urban flooding – what are the causes, what are the dangers and impacts, and how can we better manage it?

Blog | October 29, 2019

How to Set Meaningful Site Water Targets

Climate change is impacting all regions of the world, cutting across all sectors of society. It is closely connected to water resources, leading to more floods, droughts, poor water quality, and increased water demand due to higher temperatures – more water is needed for irrigation, drinking water, and industrial cooling.

Publication | September 23, 2019

Climate-Equitable Water

The failure to meet basic needs for safe water and sanitation worldwide is one of the great tragedies of our age, with billions of people paying the price in illness and poverty.

Publication | September 21, 2019

Protecting the Environment in Times of War

War is a miserable thing. It kills and maims soldiers and civilians. It destroys infrastructure, cultures, and communities. It worsens poverty and development challenges. And it damages and cripples vital ecological and environmental resources.

Publication | April 3, 2019

Moving Toward a Multi-Benefit Approach for Water Management

There is broad recognition that adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, will require rethinking programs and policies and investing in our natural and built water systems.

Publication | August 29, 2018

Water, Security, and Conflict

This issue brief summarizes the current understanding of water and security threats and their links to conflict, migration, and food insecurity.

Publication | June 1, 2018

Stormwater Capture in California: Innovative Policies and Funding Opportunities

Stormwater has traditionally been managed to mitigate flooding and protect water quality. However, its potential as a local water supply has gained recent attention in water-stressed areas. As climate change increases the risk of both floods and droughts in California, urban stormwater capture also offers a significant opportunity to enhance community resilience.