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June 13, 2014--Drought-stricken California could save up to 14 million acre-feet of water; enough to supply all the state's cities annually (Pacific Institute)

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, according to a new analysis released today by the Pacific Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Counc


June 10, 2014--Solving California's water problems (Huff Post)

For over 150 years, Californians have argued, litigated, yelled, and otherwise fought over water. California is a big state -- we have redwood forests, desert regions, mountains, coasts, rich agricultural lands, amazing natural ecosystems. And overall, we have a pretty good amount of water.


April 1, 2014--Survey reveals current, future water risks for major U.S. corporations (Pacific Institute)

A new survey of major U.S. corporations released by the Pacific Institute and VOX Global, titled “Bridging Concern and Action: Are US Companies Prepared for Looming Water Challenges?,” reveals that most companies believe water challenges will significantly worsen in the next five years.


March 9, 2014--Over 250 million businesses, homes without water meters (Times Herald)

Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California's worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills. And nobody even knows how much water they are using.


February 27, 2014--Pacific Institute's Peter Gleick testifies on urban water use efficiency in the face of drought for the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Online)

Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on freshwater issues, testified recently on strategies for addressing the California drought to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).


February 23, 2014--Can California avoid a ‘shock to trance’ approach to water policy? (New York Times)

Forecasters predict heavy rains will sweep in from the Pacific Ocean over much of California late next week. The state’s extreme drought will be far from over, but the shift from parched days to downpours illustrates on a short time scale one factor explaining why it’s hard to change deeply ingrained and wasteful approaches to water policy.


December 23, 2013--Pacific Institute report: 'Energizing water efficiency in California' - applying energy efficiency strategies to water' (Water Wired)

As a dry December accentuates the stress on California’s limited water supplies, the success of the state’s energy sector in implementing efficiency programs offers valuable lessons to the water sector.


October 24, 2013--Rethinking big water (Green Biz)

Las Vegas has long served as a stereotype of human excess: gambling, drinking, sex, all-you-can-eat buffets. But the latest chapter is playing out away from the strip, in the part of the valley where two decades of booming development have swelled the population to 2 million residents who rely on a dwindling water supply. Ninety percent of the southwestern U.S.


September 7, 2013--In drought, water war in Calif. fought underground (Denver Post)

For decades,Fresno in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew. But eventually, the water table dropped by more than 100 feet, causing some of Fresno's wells to cave in and others to slow to a trickle.


August 17, 2013--Colorado River shortage: What happens when the water runs dry? (Marketplace)

While all the Western states have been preparing for water shortages for years, to make supply and demand meet will require changes. “Roughly a third of the Colorado River is growing alfalfa and pasture and forage crops,” says Michael Cohen, senior research assistant at the Pacific Institute.


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