August 2021
A new report from the Pacific Institute released last week presents a framework for achieving water system resilience. Water Resilience Accounting Framework provides a method to develop common measurable goals and outcomes for stakeholder resilience planning. The framework has four key steps: visualizing the system; developing a resilience strategy; testing the resilience strategy; and evaluating.

Learn more and download the report here.
New Report Evaluating Economic and Environmental Benefits of Water Reuse for Agriculture
The recent report Evaluating Economic and Environmental Benefits of Water Reuse for Agriculture analyzes the benefits of water reuse in agriculture. It includes case studies and an online benefit library. The report was published in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and Pentair Foundation.

Learn more here.
Q&A Shortage Declaration in the Colorado River Basin Takeaways
Q&A with Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Michael Cohen and Dr. Amanda Bielawski, Pacific Institute Director of Communications and Outreach
This month, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior declared a first-ever Shortage Condition for the Lower Colorado River Basin. What does this Shortage Declaration mean for Native American Tribes, the seven U.S. states, and communities in Mexico downstream? What does the situation tell us about climate-intensifying droughts in other river Basins around the world? And how can we envision and build water resilient infrastructure moving forward?

Explore these questions and more in the Q&A here.
In Case You Missed It I Drought in the American West Briefing
In this briefing about the drought in the American West, award-winning journalists from Circle of Blue joined Dr. Peter Gleick and Heather Cooley of the Pacific Institute and leading experts from Vector Center to discuss the drought and potential solutions.

Watch the briefing here.
Update from the CEO Water Mandate
The Pacific Institute is Co-Secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
In August 2021 the CEO Water Mandate grew to include over 200 endorsers committed to water stewardship! With growing membership comes new users of the Water Action Hub, now home to over 1700 projects and the Water Stewardship Toolbox.

Learn more about the CEO Water Mandate here.
Director of Research Heather Cooley Joins the US Water Alliance's Imagination Team
Water is at the forefront of climate impacts and solutions. Pacific Institute Director of Research Heather Cooley recently joined US Water Alliance’s Imagination Team. The team will collaborate with other experts to tackle water’s role in climate change mitigation and set a strategic pathway for greenhouse gas reductions.

Learn more here.
Upcoming Webinars

SEPT 7 I Evaluating Benefits of Stormwater Capture and Reuse: Why and How?
This webinar will bring together experts in stormwater project planning, funding, and benefit evaluation. Dr. Anne Thebo of the Pacific Institute and other experts will explore why evaluations of project benefits are critical to building support for stormwater projects and obtaining project funding, and how practitioners actually evaluate these benefits.

September 7, 2021 | 9:00AM-11:00AM PT
Language: English
Learn more and register here.

SEPT 9 I Official Launch of the NBS Benefits Explorer Tool

Nature-based solutions (NBS) use or mimic natural processes to meet societal and environmental needs. This webinar will be the official launch event for the NBS Benefits Explorer tool. It will showcase how the tool can support NBS benefit identification and accounting. The series is presented by the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, the Pacific Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Danone, and LimnoTech.

September 9, 2021 | 8:00AM-9:00AM PT
Language: English
Learn more and register here.

OCT 6-7 I WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition

Join Pacific Institute researchers at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. Senior Researcher Cora Kammeyer will present “Unlikely Alliances: Public-Private Partnership to Advance Water Conservation in Low-Income Housing.” Research Associate Sonali Abraham will present “Encouraging Adoption of Sustainable Landscapes Among CII Customers.”

October 6-7, 2021
Language: English
Learn more and register here.

VERGE 21: The Climate Tech Event

Join the Pacific Institute and more than 10,000 leaders online — from the private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, investors, and startups — advancing systemic solutions to address the climate crisis through five key markets: clean energy, sustainable mobility, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, and resilient infrastructure.

Date: October 25-28
Language: English
Learn more and register here.
Pacific Institute in the News: Drought in the American West
The Pacific Institute is the media’s go-to resource for water-related information and analysis. As the drought crisis in the American West continues, here are some highlights from our recent interviews on drought in this water-parched region:

The Guardian: Young Farmers Lose Hope as Drought Closes In: ‘It’s Like a Sad Country Song’

BBC: Extreme Weather: How Is It Connected to Climate Change?

The Verge: Drought Is Stressing California’s Power Grid

ABC News: Is Desalination the Answer to California’s Drought? Here’s What Experts Say

ABC News: How Will the West Solve a Water Crisis if Climate Change Continues to Get Worse?

ABC News: Drought Brings Stress, Economic Loss, and Societal Inequities

NBC Bay Area: New Normal of Drought Requires New Approach to Water Conservation, Food Production: Experts

CBS SF Bay Area: California Drought: Power Plant at Oroville Dam Shut Down Due to Low Water Levels

Los Angeles Times: Ways to Save Water During the Drought – and Whether It’s Worth Doing at All

Los Angeles Times: With Drought Worsening, Should California Have Much Tougher Water Restrictions?

SF Gate: What Does it Mean When a Community Runs Out of Water? Many in California are Finding Out

Foreign Policy: The American West’s Climate Hellscape Is Just a Preview

E&E News: Megadrought Spurs First-Ever Federal Colorado River Cutbacks

The Sacramento Bee: Gavin Newsom Calls on Californians to Cut Water Use by 15%, Expands Drought Emergency

Mercury News: California Drought: Santa Clara County Residents Falling Far Short of Water Conservation Target

Mercury News: Newsom Says Mandatory Statewide Water Restrictions for California May Be on the Way

For information and resources on drought in California, check out

Read more news featuring Pacific Institute research and experts here.
From the Blog: Pacific Institute Insights
The Pacific Institute Has Moved Headquarters!
With an increasingly global staff now working from locations across five continents, we're driving water resilience both in the United States and around the world. You'll now find our global headquarters at 344 20th Street in Oakland, California.
Help create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.