Water Risk Hotspots for Agriculture: The Case of the Southwest United States

Published: September 2016


Despite being the United States’ most arid region, the US Southwest – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Yet nearly 75% of total cropland in the region, and an even higher percentage of total agricultural productivity, depends on supplemental irrigation.

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A Community Guide for Evaluating Future Urban Water Demand

Published: August 2016


A Community Guide for Evaluating Future Urban Water Demand provides communities, environmental groups, ratepayer advocates, and anyone interested in sustainable water supply planning with the knowledge and tools they need to understand water demand forecasts.

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Drought and Equity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Published: June 2016


The most severe drought in California on the instrumental record stretched from 2012-2016. The drought was highly publicized, with particular attention paid towards impacts on agriculture, urban areas, and ecosystems. Little attention, however, was paid to the drought’s impacts on California’s low-income communities.

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Managing Drought: Learning from Australia

Published: February 2016


A new report released today shows that strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long Millennium Drought provide a powerful resource for California, as the state enters its fifth year of severe drought.

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LIÇÕES APRENDIDAS COM A CRISE HÍDRICA NA AUSTRÁLIA

Published: February 2016


Realizado pela Alliance for Water Efficiency (Chicago, EUA), pelo Institute for Sustainable Futures, da Universidade de Tecnologia de Sidney (Sidney, AUS) e pelo think tank Pacific Institute, ”Managing the Drought” busca identificar as estratégias que as companhias de águas urbanas e agências de águas da Austrália adotaram para sobreviver à pior seca já registrada em sua história – a ”Seca do Milênio”, que durou de 1997 até seu término oficial, em 2012.

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Oil, Food, and Water: Challenges and Opportunities for California Agriculture

Published: December 2015


Oil, gas, and agriculture are all central to California’s economy. Yet the extent of harmful chemical contamination from the oil and gas industry on food production is not well documented, and there are mounting concerns over human health impacts. This study sheds light on the risks posed when oil and gas production and exploration operate alongside agriculture.

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Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Agriculture

Published: August 2015


In 2015, California was in the midst of the most severe drought in nearly 120 years of instrumental record, with far-reaching effects in the state. This report examines the impacts of the drought on California’s agricultural sector through 2014.

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An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California and Fracking Issue Briefs

Published: July 2015


This study, prepared by the California Council on Science and Technology in partnership with the Pacific Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, consists of three volumes. It explores well stimulation treatments in California; the risks these technologies pose to water, air, seismic activity, wildlife, plants, and human health; risks by geographic region within the state; and areas where there are information gaps.

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Comment Letter on the Status of the Salton Sea Management Program

Published: April 2015


This comment letters sent to the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) urged the Water Board to direct the Salton Sea Management Program to review and act upon previous recommendations and suggestions, as well as those described in the letter, and to accelerate efforts on behalf of California’s Salton Sea and the people and wildlife who depend on it.

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Water Use Trends in the United States

Published: April 2015


This report analyzes and explains the factors contributing to the positive trend of decreasing water use, and examines the implications for future water demand. National water use remains high, and many freshwater systems are under stress from overuse. Climate change will exacerbate existing challenges, affecting the supply, demand, and quality of the nation’s water resources.

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California Urban Water Suppliers Water Use Map

Published: January 2015


This web app from the Pacific Institute shows how different California cities are responding to the ongoing drought. This web feature brings to life newly-released data on residential and system-wide water use, and allows users to explore trends and patterns in that use.

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Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation

Published: September 2014


As society seeks to meet demands for goods and services for a growing population, it is important to improve understanding of the fundamental science of the hydrological cycle, its links with related global processes, and the role it plays in ecological and societal well-being.

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