MARCH 2024


Pacific Institute Welcomes New Director of Development

The Pacific Institute is proud to announce we will develop a new visionary funding model to achieve our ambitious 2030 goal to catalyze the transformation to water resilience. We proudly welcome Nicole Wickenhauser, who joins the Pacific Institute in the newly created role of Director of Development to lead the charge. A seasoned water fundraising expert with over 15 years of experience in steering revenue growth for water-focused non-profit organizations, Nicole brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. At the Pacific Institute, she will spearhead the development of this new funding model to support long-term growth. 


Secure Your Spot Today for Upcoming Urban Stormwater Capture Webinar

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 

Time: 10 AM PT/1 PM ET  

Format: Online on Zoom

Stormwater is in the news! Join us for a webinar to explore the findings and recommendations from the Pacific Institute's latest report, "Untapped Potential: An Assessment of Urban Stormwater Runoff Potential in the United States." Learn what these groundbreaking numbers mean for your work and get your questions answered directly by the experts.

Panelists from the Pacific Institute, 2NDNATURE, and Barr Engineering will discuss the report’s major findings, explore how stormwater capture and use approaches can be applied in urban areas, and discuss recommendations for policy, funding, governance, and practice. They will also provide context about the role stormwater capture strategies can play in enhancing water resilience in the face of climate change, increasing urbanization, and other pressures.


Pacific Institute Launches Groundbreaking National Assessment on Urban Stormwater Capture

The Pacific Institute is proud to introduce the report that will serve as the focal point of our in-depth discussion during the March 19 webinar. This new national assessment finds vast opportunities for urban stormwater approaches to improve water resilience in the face of climate change across the United States.

The analysis, conducted in partnership with 2NDNATURE, titled “Untapped Potential: An Assessment of Urban Stormwater Runoff Potential in the United States” finds US urban areas have the potential to generate 59.5 million acre-feet of stormwater annually, on average. This is equivalent to an annual average of more than 53 billion gallons per day.

Read the report, part of the Pacific Institute's ongoing research in water efficiency and reuse in the US and globally.



New Blog Highlights Communication and Outreach Strategies for Utility Programs

This month, the Pacific Institute teamed up with CIS, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, and UNC Environmental Finance Center to help uncover innovative utility water and wastewater affordability communication and outreach strategies.

In this new blog, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Morgan Shimabuku and other authors discuss avenues to increase participation in utility water and wastewater assistance programs.


CEO Water Mandate Blog Spotlights Collective Action on International Women's Day

Economies are more resilient, productive, and inclusive when they actively support the equal participation of women in all spheres of life. Globally, clean, running water in every household would free up 122 million unpaid workdays annually for women providing more opportunity for education, livelihoods, and family time.

This month during International Women’s Day, the latest blog from the CEO Water Mandate reflects on the role that women and girls play in the global water crisis and how they can be supported through collective action. The CEO Water Mandate is a partnership between the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact to advance corporate water stewardship around the world.


Call for Proposals for Nature for Water Facility

Nature for Water Facility has opened its bi-annual call for proposals. A joint initiative from The Nature Conservancy and Pegasys, the Nature for Water Facility is a purpose-built program designed to provide the gold standard in technical assistance to help local champions build out watershed investment programs.


Coming Soon

Launching soon are three publications focusing on assessment frameworks for utilities, climate change and rural water in US frontline communities, and toilet leak detection case study.

Each is a part of the Pacific Institute's long-standing work in building water resilience across the globe.



Pacific Institute's Heather Cooley to Speak at Water-Energy Nexus

Hosted by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network Forum, Pacific Institute Director of Research Heather Cooley will speak on a panel, "The Confluence of Water, Energy, and Climate" on March 21.

This forum will explore the relationships between energy and water as well as some of the programs and strategies local governments can use to improve water and energy conservation—and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Webinar: Net Positive Water Impact - Guidance Updates and Piloting Insights

Join the Water Resilience Coalition and its partners for a session on the Net Positive Water Impact (NPWI) guidance review on April 10.


The session will provide a comprehensive overview of Net Positive Water Impact, with the latest updates leading up to the official launch. Participants will also gain an exclusive preview ahead of the official launch of the guidance document during the 79th United Nations General Assembly.


Recap: Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Featured at 2024 National WateReuse Symposium

Shannon Spurlock, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher of Public Policy and Practice Uptake was featured at the 2024 National WateReuse Symposium this month.

Spurlock's sessions focused on forging partnerships, stormwater, and social equity impacts from reuse projects.



The world's most influential media outlets frequently turn to the Pacific Institute to provide expert, science-based insights on water challenges and solutions. Here are just a few of the media highlights from the past month.


California’s Urban Runoff Flows Down the Drain. Can the Drought-Plagued State Capture More of It?


Innovation That Can Solve Housing’s Water Scarcity Challenge

The Houston Chronicle

Texas Has the Most Urban Runoff of Any State. Could That Solve Looming Water Woes?

Los Angeles Times

Rising Prices Stifle Affordability of an Essential Right: Water

Los Angeles Times

California Eases New Water Saving Regulations for Local Agencies After Pushback


California Snowpack Now Above Average, but Will It Last?


US Cities Could Be Capturing Billions of Gallons of Rain a Day

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