August 2020
Join the Pacific Institute at World Water Week
Each year, World Water Week brings experts and stakeholders to Stockholm from around the globe to converse on global water issues. While this year's event has moved online, the Stockholm International Water Institute is coordinating exciting virtual sessions.

Join our virtual sessions starting today. Attendance is free and open to the public:

Learn more about our World Water Week webinars here.
Report: An Assessment of Urban Water Demand Forecasts in California
A new report from the Pacific Institute, An Assessment of Urban Water Demand Forecasts in California, finds that California’s 10 largest water suppliers overestimated future water use in 98 percent of long-range water demand forecasts between 2000 and 2015. Overestimating future demand can lead to investments in unneeded water supply and treatment infrastructure, higher costs to ratepayers, and unnecessary adverse environmental impacts.

Learn more and download the report here.
Upcoming Webinar: Cry Me a River: The High Costs of Water Demand Overestimates
On Thursday August 27th, join Dr. Sarah Diringer, Senior Researcher at the Pacific Institute, and Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director at the Tuolumne River Trust, to learn about the impacts of overestimating water demand forecasts. The webinar will be hosted by Sustainable Silicon Valley as part of the Water, Environment, Technology Forum.

Learn more and register here.
Upcoming Webinars: Solutions to Climate-Related Water Conflicts
There are many tools and approaches available for improving cooperation over water resources. However, the challenges posed by climate change add a new dimension to these efforts. On August 28th, President Emeritus Dr. Peter Gleick will join a session demonstrating practical tools for identifying and reducing the risks of climate-related water conflicts. In addition, on September 2nd Dr. Gleick will join co-authors to present the findings of an upcoming report offering solutions to water challenges in key water-insecure hotspots around the world. 

Learn more about our upcoming webinars here.
Op-Ed: Water Resilience in the Age of COVID-19
By Jason Morrison, President
“In the past few weeks, communities around the country have experienced record-breaking rain, heat, hurricanes, and drought," writes President Jason Morrison in Next City. "We have seen flooding from failed dams and levees, as well as fires from unseasonably dry forests and grasslands. It is increasingly clear that the climate crisis is a water crisis... While it may seem overwhelming to address all these challenges simultaneously, this confluence of crises has created a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build better, more resilient water systems rather than just plugging holes. It is time to invest in true water resilience."

Read more here.
Report: Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds
Businesses are beginning to recognize the value of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. But these solutions are still under-utilized, partly because of a lack of frameworks and tools for identifying and monetizing the full scope of co-benefits these solutions provide. A new report by the Pacific Institute, the CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy, and Danone identifies barriers to implementing NBS for the private sector, and suggests next steps towards implementation.

Learn more and download the report here.

Read the blog post "Why Should Your Business Be Interested in Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds?" here.
Guidebook: Sustainable Landscapes in California: A Guidebook for Commercial and Industrial Site Managers
A new Pacific Institute guide, Sustainable Landscapes in California: A Guidebook for Commercial and Industrial Site Managers, provides simple steps for business and water managers to consider, select, and install sustainable landscaping. Aimed specifically at businesses and public water managers in California, the guidebook includes information for selecting and installing sustainable landscapes, including replacing turf and installing bioswales and rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, rain tanks and cisterns, and more. Self-assessments and worksheets guide the user through the selection and installation process.

Learn more and download the guidebook here.

Read the blog post "Simple Steps for Businesses to Transform Their Landscapes" here.
Blog Post: Final California Water Resilience Portfolio Released: What’s There, What’s Missing
By Research Associate Cora Kammeyer
In this blog post, Research Associate Cora Kammeyer examines the California Water Resilience Portfolio, highlighting five further critical actions needed to advance water resilience in California. The Portfolio was developed in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-10-19, which calls for a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system in California for the 21st century.

Read more here.
Upcoming Event: CASQA 2020: The Economics of Stormwater Capture and Its Multiple Benefits
Stormwater capture can utilize periods of intense rain to increase water supply reliability while improving water quality, reducing flood risk, and providing important environmental and community benefits. In turn, these co-benefits can help leverage essential funding toward stormwater management, supporting healthy waterways and communities. On September 15th, Senior Researcher Dr. Sarah Diringer will discuss the economics of stormwater capture and its multiple benefits during the virtual California Stormwater Quality Association Annual Conference (CASQA).

Learn more here.
Update from the CEO Water Mandate: Connect to Capacity-Building Resources with the Water Stewardship Toolbox 
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. 
The Water Stewardship Toolbox, from the CEO Water Mandate, is a free online library of tools, datasets, reports, guidance, case studies and more that helps users understand and build capacity on water sustainability. The Toolbox now features over 450 resources from dozens of organizations around the world.

View the Water Stewardship Toolbox here.
In Case You Missed It: Water and COVID-19 Webinar: From Risk to Resilience
In this recent Pacific Institute webinar, President Jason Morrison, Director of Research Heather Cooley, and Research Associate Morgan Shimabuku discussed changes in water demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, water access and equity challenges, and more.

View webinar recording here.
Meet Our Intern: Leonardo Rodriguez
Leonardo Rodriguez joined the Pacific Institute as an intern in the summer of 2020. He says what drew him to the Pacific Institute was “its core vision of inspiring a collaborative effort in providing access to clean and sustainable water. Managing water is going to require a holistic and interdisciplinary effort from all sectors, and I'm excited to be involved.”

Read more here.
From the Blog: Pacific Institute Insights
Pacific Institute in the News
KPBS: New Study Says Forecasters Are Overestimating Future Demand For Water

CapRadio: California Has a New Plan to Protect Its Water Supply From Climate Change, But Some Say It's Based on Old Thinking

GreenBiz: How Cargill’s New Science-Based Water Targets Go with the Flow

The Mercury News: Decline in Hydropower Hampered by Drought Will Impact Utility Costs

The Hill: Heat Waves to Heighten Energy and Water Insecurity During COVID-19

Read more news featuring Pacific Institute research and experts here.
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