JUNE 2023


Dr. Peter Gleick’s New Book Highlights Pacific Institute's Role in Addressing Global Water Challenges

Dr. Peter Gleick, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Pacific Institute, released a new book this month, ‘The Three Ages of Water.’ To share more about the book, Gleick spoke with Pacific Institute’s Dr. Amanda Bielawski in a Q&A-style blog.  


In the new book, Gleick emphasizes the need for a Third Age of Water, one that leverages the technological benefits of the Second Age of Water. The book highlights how the Pacific Institute's three focus areas - Water & Climate Equity, Water Efficiency & Reuse, and Nature-Based Solutions - are instrumental to addressing global water challenges. 

“The Pacific Institute’s priorities are directly in line with the key water challenges facing us, and they continue the long Pacific Institute tradition of working on effective, practical, and implementable solutions to problems,” says Gleick. 


Pacific Institute’s Heather Cooley Provides Thought Leadership on Need to Reimagine Water Infrastructure

As water challenges intensify, there is a recognized need to consider a new vision for water infrastructure. Moving ahead, resilient water infrastructure must prioritize water conservation, efficiency, and non-traditional water sources. It should also increase the recognized value of and investments in green infrastructure.


Want to learn more about how a new vision for water infrastructure can build water resilience?


Pacific Institute Director of Research Heather Cooley’s article, “Reimagining Water Infrastructure for a Changing California,” does just that. This article was recently featured in “Water Resources Impact: Drought Resilience: Lessons from California,” published by the American Water Resources Association in Water Resources IMPACT magazine.


The piece builds upon the Pacific Institute’s longstanding research on water efficiency, water reuse, and nature-based solutions (NBS). Green infrastructure and NBS both uphold the value of natural ecosystems to provide multiple benefits.


Cooley writes, "Infrastructure has been traditionally defined as human-made physical structures and facilities like pipelines and treatment plants. There is growing recognition of the critical role of nature, including forests, floodplains, and wetlands, in supporting water systems. As a result, the term ‘green infrastructure’ has emerged. This is more than a shift in terminology.”


Pacific Institute President Jason Morrison

and UN Global Compact CEO Sanda Ojiambo Urge Businesses to Address Global Water Crisis in Op-Ed

This year marked the United Nations’ first Water Conference in almost 50 years. This convening of global leaders on water highlighted not only the severity of the crisis but also the immediate opportunity to forge cross-sector solutions. At a time when 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water and climate change continues to intensify water-related disasters, now is the time to act.

In this op-ed, Pacific Institute President and CEO Water Mandate Head Jason Morrison and United Nations Global Compact CEO Sanda Ojiambo discuss the need for collective action to create a sustainable water future for all.

As significant users of water, businesses have a unique opportunity to be part of the broader solution. The op-ed highlights the ‘Business Leaders' Open Call to Accelerate Action on Water,’ an initiative that unites businesses to build water resilience in their operations and supply chains, while also joining hands through collective action to build water resilience in 100 water-stressed basins by 2030.


Recent Report on the Potential of Oilfield Produced Water for Irrigation in California

A recent report from Pacific Institute researchers explores the potential of using Oilfield Produced Water (OPW) for agricultural irrigation to combat droughts and groundwater depletion caused by climate change.


The research, developed in collaboration with the Water Research Foundation and the California State Water Resources Control Board, addresses knowledge gaps in this field. The report emphasizes the need for protective measures and a regulatory framework for OPW reuse, aiming to promote a sustainable future for California's agriculture.



Water Action Hub Incorporates New WASH Data by Country

The Water Action Hub, the global online platform for water and climate resilience developed by the CEO Water Mandate at the Pacific Institute, now incorporates data on the status of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) by country. This information is provided where data is available from the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), for Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): Monitoring Progress and Prospects for Achieving SDG Targets, 2020.


This data integration aims to offer a country-by-country view of the current gap in WASH access. By providing this granular insight, the platform seeks to enhance the ability of stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities, and to design more targeted and effective strategies for addressing WASH challenges worldwide.


Join our Team: Pacific Institute is Hiring for Multiple Positions

The Pacific Institute is actively seeking passionate individuals for multiple positions in Research, Development, and Communications & Outreach. If you are driven by a desire to help shape a world where society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future, we want to hear from you.


We work with diverse groups ranging from major corporations to frontline communities with a mission of creating and advancing solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.



Recap: Highlights from the 11th Annual Workshop for Rising Voices

As part of the Pacific Institute’s work in the area of Water and Climate Equity, we were pleased to participate in the recent 11th Annual Workshop of The Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences. Rising Voices facilitates opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous science experts and community leaders from around the world to jointly address how extreme weather and climate events are impacting communities and to develop action plans. At this year’s workshop, participants discussed people, place, technology, the environment, and how these all relate.


Pacific Institute Senior Researcher and Water Climate Equity Lead Dr. Shannon McNeeley played an instrumental role by facilitating the water and regional breakout sessions. Having been involved with the annual workshop since its inception in 2013, Dr. McNeeley continues to contribute to these critical dialogues on climate resilience and adaptation.


Recap: Salton Sea Dust Emissions Webinar

This month, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Michael Cohen convened a distinguished panel of experts on Salton Sea dust emissions. Dr. Alexander Frie of the University of Minnesota moderated the panel, which included Dr. Amato Evan of UC San Diego, Brian Schmid of Formation Environmental, and Steven Garcia of the California Department of Water Resources. 


The webinar aimed to deepen understanding of air quality, dust composition, the emissivity of different soils, and predictive modeling of future emissions from the Salton Sea lakebed. It also provided an opportunity for discussion among agency staff, stakeholders, and the public. The Pacific Institute has played an active role on Salton Sea issues, including releasing major science-based reports, for more than 25 years. Learn more about our work in this area here.




How to Fix the Water Crisis

Los Angeles Times:

Opinion: Finding a New Path to Water Conservation for the Next Millennium, for California and the World


It’s Vital to Protect Water Infrastructure During War


Climate Change Warning Signs Started in the 1800s. Here’s What Humanity Knew and When


Why the Ukraine Dam Destruction Is a Massive Disaster — Now and in the Future

Yale Environment 360:

Are You Ready for ‘Extreme’ Water Recycling?

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