A selection of reports authored by Pacific Institute staff with potential solutions to drought crises:

Where_We_Agree_Report_CoverWhere We Agree: Building Consensus on Solutions to California’s Urban Water Challenges – This report documents practical solutions for California’s urban water challenges put forth by a diverse group of stakeholders. The results are a set of recommendations for policymakers, municipal water managers, businesses, and community groups with the potential for broad support.

Managing Drought: Learning from Australia – This report shows that strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long millennium drought provide a powerful resource for California, as the state enters its fifth year of severe drought.

multiple-benefits-ca-ag-coverThe Multiple Benefits of Water Efficiency for California Agriculture– Water-efficiency strategies provide important benefits to farmers, ecosystems, and society. The most compelling reasons for farmers to seek reductions in total water withdrawals include maintaining and even improving crop yields and quality; protecting water quality; reducing fertilizer, water, and energy costs; and boosting profits.

untapped-savings-cover2014 Drought Briefs: The nrdc-capstone Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Agriculture, Urban, Stormwater, and Water Reuse – California could be saving up to 14 million acre-feet of untapped water – providing more than the amount of water used in all of California’s cities in one year – with an aggressive statewide effort to use water-saving practices, reuse water, and capture lost stormwater. Find the reports, infographic, and factsheets here.

California Farm Water Success Stories – This series of case studies and interviews documents how agricultural water stewardship practices are at work on-the-ground, at the farm and irrigation district level. They are finding innovative ways to protect water quantity and quality, saving energy and money, augmenting stream flows, and storing water for inevitable drought periods.

Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future – California agriculture, which uses about 80% of California’s developed water supply, can flourish despite diminishing water supply and future uncertainty from climate change, by increasing the water efficiency of the agricultural sector by expanding the use of efficient irrigation technologies and management practices.

Urban Water Demand in California to 2100: Incorporating Climate Change – Urban water use – residential plus commercial, industrial, and institutional uses – accounts for over 20% of the water use in California, and up to half of urban water use is outdoors. Climate change alone could increase urban water demand in 2100 by 8% percent, under a medium-high greenhouse gas emissions scenario.

A selection of blogs authored by Pacific Institute staff with potential solutions to drought crises:

– [06/16] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: Diablo Canyon, Climate Change, Drought, and Energy Policy by Peter Gleick

– [04/16] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: Global Droughts: A Bad Year by Peter Gleick

– [02/16] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: Water, Security, and Conflict: Violence over Water in 2015 by Peter Gleick, Heather Cooley

– [02/16] Huffington Post: The Most Important Water Stories of 2015 by Peter Gleick, Brett Walton, and J. Carl Ganter

– [10/15] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: Breaking Water Taboos by Peter Gleick

– [09/15] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: Impacts of the California Drought, Part 2: Net Agricultural Income by Heather Cooley, Kristina Donnelly, and Peter Gleick

– [08/15] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: Impacts of the California Drought: Agriculture by Peter Gleick, Heather Cooley

– [08/15] New Data Show California Cities’ Progress towards State-Mandated Conservation Requirements by Kristina Donnnelly

– [07/15] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: The California Drought: Almonds and the Bigger Picture by Peter Gleick

– [06/15] National Geographic ScienceBlogs: The Future of Desalination in California is Still in the Future: California, Israel, and Australia by Peter Gleick

– [07/15] Huffington Post: Where Does California’s Agricultural Water Go? by Peter Gleick

– [03/15] New Data Show California Cities’ Response to Drought Is Highly Uneven by Matthew Heberger

– [03/15] The Impacts of California’s Drought on Hydroelectricity Production by Peter Gleick

– [03/15] The State of the California Drought: Still Very Bad by Peter Gleick

– [12/14] The Growing Influence of Climate Change on the California Drought by Peter Gleick

– [11/14] New Data Show Residential Per Capita Water Use across California by Matthew Heberger

– [11/14] Huffington Post: The California Water Bond is a Beginning, Not an End: Here’s What’s Next by Peter Gleick, Kristina Donnnelly, and Heather Cooley

– [10/14] Huffington Post: What Does Proposition 1 — the 2014 California Water Bond — Really Say? by Peter Gleick

– [10/14] Huffington Post: When Our Responses to Drought Make Things Worse by Peter Gleick

– [08/14] What about Desalination during the Drought? by Amanda Pebler, Communications Intern

– [07/14] Planning For Rain: Why Storm Water Management Matters during the Drought by Paula Luu

– [07/14] The Multiple Benefits of Water Conservation and Efficiency for California by Heather Cooley

– [07/14] Why Has the Response to the California Drought Been so Weak? by Peter Gleick

– [07/14] Over Twenty-Five Years Later, How Does the Drought in California Compare? by Amanda Pebler, Communications Intern

– [06/14] A Tale of Two Farms: How Water Efficiency Could Help Drought-Proof California Farms by Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute, and Claire O’Connor, NRDC

– [06/14] Urban Water Conservation and Efficiency: Enormous Potential, Close to Home by Matthew Heberger, Pacific Institute, and Ed Osan, NRDC

– [06/14] Solving California’s Water Problems by Peter Gleick

– [03/14] With Water, California’s Bigfoot is Imported by Julian Fulton

– [03/14] Clarifying the Discussion about California Drought and Climate Change by Peter Gleick

– [02/14] Rural Water Systems Struggle in the Good Times and the Bad by Joe Ferrell, Communications Intern

– [02/14] Finding Light (and Water) at the End of the (Drought) Tunnel, on the Farm and for the Future by Anna Bee Szendrenyi

– [02/14] Learning from the Drought: Five Priorities for California by Peter Gleick

– [02/14] The Costs of California’s Bellwether Drought: What Can We Expect? by Peter Gleick

– [02/14] California’s “Bellwether” Drought by Peter Gleick

– [01/14] Infographic: What We Can Expect from the Drought by Paula Luu

– [01/14] What Californians Can Expect from the Drought by Peter Gleick

– May 16, 2016: Letter from Pacific Institute Water Program Director Heather Cooley, Sara Aminzadeh of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and Tracy Quinn of the Natural Resources Defense Council addressing the proposed modification and extension of emergency regulation for statewide urban water conservation to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

– Jan. 28, 2016: Second letter from Pacific Institute Water Program Director Heather Cooley, Sara Aminzadeh of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and Tracy Quinn of the Natural Resources Defense Council addressing the proposed regulatory framework for extended emergency regulation for urban water conservation to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

– Jan. 6, 2016: Letter from Pacific Institute Water Program Director Heather Cooley, Sara Aminzadeh of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and Tracy Quinn of the Natural Resources Defense Council addressing the proposed regulatory framework for extended emergency regulation for urban water conservation to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

– Oct. 14, 2015: Letter from  Pacific Institute Water Program Director Heather Cooley, Sara Aminzadeh of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, and Edward R. Osann of the Natural Resources Defense Council providing comments on the Conservation Regulations Workshop to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

– Feb. 26, 2014: Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick’s testimony addressing the California drought to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

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River-Friendly Landscaping Calculator is an online app to help people estimate the benefits of choosing “river-friendly” plants and practices. The app features database of nearly 2,000 plants, complete with pictures and water requirements, to help people to garden and landscape in beautiful and more eco-friendly ways.

WECalc

WeCalc is a free home water-energy-climate calculator which helps users save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money in the process.

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Interactive Map of California’s Residential and System Water Use – This web app from the Pacific Institute shows how different California cities are responding to the ongoing drought. This web feature brings to life newly-released data on residential and system-wide water use, and allows users to explore trends and patterns in water use. Find the interactive table and map here.

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