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Water Resilience Coalition 2023 Impact Report: Turning Ambition into Action

June 3, 2024 | publication

The Water Resilience Coalition has released its 2023 Impact Report "Turning Ambition into Action," highlighting the strides made towards a water resilient future.

Corporate Water Stewardship in the Colorado River Basin: Case Studies

May 22, 2024 | publication

These three case studies highlight the impact that corporate co-funding can have in addressing critical water challenges in the The Basin.

Saving Water and Money Through Toilet Leak Detection: A Los Angeles Case Study in Affordable Multifamily Housing

April 3, 2024 | publication

New Pacific Institute research finds toilet leak detection can offer significant water and cost savings at multifamily housing buildings in the United States, addressing a critical yet overlooked aspect of urban water efficiency.  

Climate Change and Rural Water for Frontline Communities in the Southwest United States 

March 26, 2024 | publication

This issue brief provides an overview of the escalating threat climate change poses to rural water for frontline communities in the Southwest United States. This region, defined by the US National Climate Assessment’s 6-state area (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah), is facing increasing water challenges due to prolonged droughts, extreme temperatures, groundwater depletion, wildfire, flooding, and reduced mountain snowpack.

Untapped Potential: An Assessment of Urban Stormwater Runoff Potential in the United States

February 29, 2024 | publication

Urban communities across the United States face a range of water challenges. These include intensifying impacts of flooding and drought, water scarcity risks, constraints on traditional water supplies facing peak water limits, and water pollution. Novel approaches are needed to address these challenges and improve long-term water resilience.

Climate Change Impacts to Water and Sanitation for Frontline Communities in the United States: Water, Sanitation, and Climate Change in the United States, Part 1

January 30, 2024 | publication

The Pacific Institute and DigDeep in collaboration with the Center for Water Security and Cooperation, presents the first report in a series titled “Water, Sanitation, and Climate Change in the United States.”

Addressing Impediments and Incentives for Agricultural Reuse

December 13, 2023 | publication

Water systems across the United States are facing unprecedented levels of stress arising from challenges, such as a changing climate, aging infrastructure, and shifting patterns of water supply and demand. Agricultural water reuse has the potential to increase the resilience of water and agricultural systems through benefits. such as supply diversification, access to an additional water supply, nutrient management, and compliance with water quality permits. However, realization of these benefits and scaling reuse are hindered by broad ranging, but surmountable barriers and tradeoffs.

Climate Change and Flooding in Central Appalachia 

November 30, 2023 | publication

Communities in rural Appalachia face multiple water challenges that climate change is already impacting. These include extreme flooding events, lack of household water access, poor water quality, and lack of wastewater services.

Pathways and Barriers to Corporate Water Stewardship in the Colorado River Basin

October 24, 2023 | publication

Spanning across seven US states and two Mexican states, the Colorado River – often referred to as the lifeblood of the American West – nourishes ecosystems, communities, farms, cities, and 30 Native American tribes. Yet, a 23-year drought, over-allocation of water, and climate change contribute to a structural deficit, threatening the tribes, ecosystems, and communities within its basin.  

Pacific Institute 2022 Impact Report

September 11, 2023 | publication

Reflecting on our 35th year, the Pacific Institute continued its dedication to addressing pressing water issues through rigorous, science-based research and policy analysis. In the face of environmental and geopolitical crises, including extreme droughts, increasing water scarcity, and unprecedented flooding events, our mission became even more vital. Highlights of the year included the launch of numerous research reports & tools, lauding a US$250 million commitment for both the Colorado River Basin and the Salton Sea, and the initiation of a national Water and Climate Equity strategy. Our global impact was underscored by our significant participation in events such as the Stockholm World Water Week, the World Economic Forum annual meeting, and COP27. With the CEO Water Mandate welcoming 38 new endorsing companies, we continued to amplify corporate water stewardship when it's needed the most.

Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds Guide Version 2

August 23, 2023 | publication

This guide helps users account for and measure the stacked water,1 carbon, biodiversity and socio-economic benefits of an NBS project. Accounting for these benefits will improve a company’s impact reporting and help build the business case for green solutions, thereby supporting widespread investment, implementation and upscaling of NBS. This work will increase awareness of the value of NBS, not only for ecosystem health and community development, but also for companies directly.

Joining Forces: Innovative Co-Funding to Enhance Corporate Water Stewardship Impact in the Colorado River Basin

May 16, 2023 | publication

The Colorado River Basin faces critical water supply limitations, threatening the economic, social, and ecological stability of the region. This report explores how leveraging corporate water stewardship spending with existing and emerging funding streams, referred to as co-funding, can increase positive water impact in the Colorado River Basin and beyond.

Reimagining Water Infrastructure in a Changing California

April 4, 2023 | publication

In the article, Pacific Institute Director of Research Heather Cooley, emphasizes that water is a crucial resource for California, supporting its population, ecosystems, agriculture, and economy.

Guide for Developing Onsite Water Systems to Support Regional Water Resilience

January 26, 2023 | publication

Onsite water systems have the potential to provide multiple benefits for a site, water and wastewater systems, ecosystems, and communities.

Potential of Oilfield Produced Water for Irrigation in California

January 9, 2023 | publication

Facing the increasing severity of droughts due to climate change and ongoing depletion of groundwater, this project investigates the potential of Oilfield Produced Water (OPW) for agricultural irrigation.

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