January 2022
Climate Change is Water Change
During the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the Pacific Institute issued an urgent call for water resilience to be elevated on the global climate agenda. “Climate change is water change, and we are seeing the greatest impacts of climate change felt through water resources,” says Cora Kammeyer of the Pacific Institute. “Despite knowing that, we really haven’t seen water showing up in the climate dialogues in the past. It’s been conspicuously absent, and that’s been a huge miss. But that is starting to change…”
Learn more about the shift to water resilience here.
Update from the CEO Water Mandate: Raising Our Ambition to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Resilience
The Pacific Institute is Co-Secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders to take action on water, sanitation, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The CEO Water Mandate's WASH4Work initiative has released its 2021 insights paper to support businesses of all sectors and sizes in the vital work of integrating climate-resilient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) into corporate water stewardship. Presenting learnings from across the WASH4Work membership on the evolution of WASH action, the report supports raising the global ambition to resilient WASH actions that will withstand the shocks of climate change and health risks such as COVID-19.

Learn more here.

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Article: Spotlight on Nature-Based Solutions
Natured-Based Solutions (NBS) can deliver sustainable improvements in watershed health, write Dr. Gregg Brill of the Pacific Institute and Kari Vigerstol of The Nature Conservancy. Benefits include carbon sequestration, water and climate resilience, and biodiversity support -- along with economic, social, and cultural benefits for communities. However, a key challenge in implementing NBS has been a lack of a standardized approach to identify and account for the benefits accrued from investment. This article in The waterSpot explores the NBS Benefits Explorer, a tool recently developed by the Pacific Institute, Danone, LimnoTech, and The Nature Conservancy to address challenges to implementing NBS.

Read the article here.

View the NBS Benefits Explorer tool here.
Blog Post: With Another Dry Year Looming, California Moves to Set New Urban Water Use Standards
By Senior Researcher Cora Kammeyer, Research Associate Dr. Sonali Abraham, and Director of Research Heather Cooley
In this blog post, Cora Kammeyer, Dr. Sonali Abraham, and Heather Cooley underscore the critical importance of strong, forward-looking water use standards in California and beyond. "We will face more severe droughts and hotter temperatures in the years to come, putting greater pressure on water resources," they write. "Robust water efficiency standards will help ensure that the state’s drinking water supplies are available for essential uses, and not wasted. This is true not just for California, but also for the Western U.S. and many other arid regions around the world."

Read more here.

Learn about the California drought and California cities’ water use here. Learn about the Pacific Institute’s work on water conservation and efficiency here.
Save the Date: Salton Sea Community Science Webinar
California's Salton Sea faces a host of challenges, including a declining water supply, rising salinity, very high levels of nutrients that generate excessive algal growth, and very low oxygen levels. Join the Pacific Institute next month for this webinar on community science at the Salton Sea. Local community members will describe the importance and uses of community science and several recent and ongoing community science efforts. These efforts include air and water quality monitoring, invertebrate sampling, shoreline mapping, and ways to share and leverage this data into action.

February 23, 2022 I 12:00 - 1:30PM PT
Learn more and register here.

The Pacific Institute is also co-hosting a 2022 Salton Sea Summit April 5-7. Learn more here.

Learn more about the Salton Sea here.
Meet Our Staff: Kevin Cuevas, Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Kevin says he is grateful to be on a team he “feel[s] closer to than any other” he has been a part of in his professional career. “Following our transition to a primarily remote work setting, I found myself spending more time checking in with individual staff members and in the process, learning about their incredible stories,” he explains.

Read more here.
The Pacific Institute is Hiring a Human Resources Manager
Join a global team dedicated to creating and advancing solutions to the world's most pressing water challenges. The Pacific Institute is seeking an individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills to manage the systems that support employees and contractors.

Learn more, including how to apply, here.
In Case You Missed It: Recent Webinars and Briefings
From the Blog: Pacific Institute Insights
Pacific Institute in the News
ABC 7: Researchers Optimistic About New Housing Despite California Drought

KTVU Fox 2: California's Major Reservoirs Are Still Far Drier Than Average

Los Angeles Times: California, Arizona and Nevada Agree to Take Less Water From Ailing Colorado River

Los Angeles Times: A Frenzy of Well Drilling By California Farmers Leaves Taps Running Dry

The San Francisco Chronicle: Californians Have A Lot of Ideas For How to Get More Water. Most of Them Are Really Bad.

The Bakersfield Californian: California's Drought Reckoning Could Offer Lessons for the West

Read more news featuring Pacific Institute research and experts here.
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