Online Updates: September 2010 Online Update
Interest in Farm Water Success Stories Grows
The Pacific Institute’s work on
If you are interested in recommending a California farm water success story to the
Pacific Institute Spearheads Launch of CEO Water
Mandate’s Water Disclosure Working Group
In its capacity as operational arm of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, the Pacific
Institute spearheaded the September launch of the initiative’s Water Disclosure
Working Group (WDWG). The working group will serve as the vehicle for Mandate
endorsing companies and key stakeholders to help steer the Mandate’s efforts to
drive more meaningful and harmonized corporate water reporting. These efforts
will include the development of guidance to improve qualitative water reporting
and help companies better understand relevant water information to disclose. The WDWG will also help the Secretariat
advance strategies that drive harmonization and convergence among existing and
emerging corporate water-disclosure-related initiatives. The ultimate goal of
the WDWG is to help ensure that the Mandate’s activities on this topic are
credible and add maximum value to companies, their stakeholders, disclosure
initiatives, and other key partners and interests.
Read more about the Pacific Institute’s work with the CEO Water Mandate.
Community Strategies Program Carries Out GIS Reproduction of Redlining Maps
The Pacific Institute’s Community
Redlining, now a common term for
-Salton Sea Governance Bill Passes Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature
On August 31, California’s Assembly voted 41-21 to approve Senate Bill 51, the bill to establish a Salton Sea
Restoration Council. Later that evening, California’s Senate voted 26-4 for
final passage, sending SB 51 to the governor for his signature. The Salton Sea
Restoration Council bill will establish a governance structure for Salton Sea
restoration and revitalize the state’s moribund efforts, a move the Pacific Institute
has long advocated. The council will create a dedicated forum for developing a
restoration plan for the Salton Sea, bringing transparency and collaboration to
a process that has stalled in Sacramento. Read more about the Salton Sea.
-Reclamation Announces Laguna Restoration Project Expansion
Michael Cohen, senior research associate, attended a project update meeting for the
Laguna Division Conservation Area, a large restoration project along the lower
Colorado River first proposed and promoted by the Pacific Institute. At the
meeting, the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Laguna restoration
project has been expanded to 1222 acres, making it one of the largest
restoration projects along the lower Colorado River, and the first Multi-Species
Conservation Program (MSCP) project to restore native riparian habitat along
the channel of the Colorado River itself. The project will clear the dense,
monotypic stands of invasive saltcedar that currently choke the reach of the
river between the Imperial and Laguna dams and replace them with 426 acres of
cottonwoods and willows, 409 acres of mesquite, 97 acres of deep marsh, 71
acres of open water, and 174 acres of transitional vegetation (such as
saltgrass). Read more about the Colorado River and the Laguna Reach.
-Community Strategies Program at Statewide Convening on Freight Transport and Community
Catalina Garzon, co-director of the Community
Strategies for Sustainability and Justice Program, participated in a Statewide Convening on Freight Transport
and Community Health on August 4-5 in Sacramento, Calif. The statewide
convening, sponsored by The California Endowment, brought together community
groups, coalitions, and allied organizations across the state to exchange
strategies in advancing their work on freight transport and community health
issues. Representatives from participating organizations met with Secretary
Dale Bonner, head of California’s Business, Housing and Transportation Agency,
and Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, to discuss
transportation and air quality issues. Read more about Freight Transport Justice.
co-director of the Water Program, gave a lecture on August 2 on the impacts of
sea-level rise to planning students in a summer program at the UC Berkeley
School of Environmental Design. Later that month, she gave a presentation in
San Francisco titled “Energy Perspectives on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta”
to members of the Alliance for Women in Water, Energy, and the Environment.
Also in August, Ms. Cooley attended an Urban Stakeholder Committee meeting in
Sacramento to discuss implementation of SBx7-7 (California’s bill to reduce
urban per capita water demand by 20% by 2020).
-Peter Gleick, president, and Juliet Christian-Smith, senior research associate, met in
Sacramento with California State AssemblymemberJared Huffman and State
Senator Lois Wolk on August 16 to discuss the next steps in
California water policy.
Pacific Institute in the News
- Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick
was interviewed on KPFK Los Angeles’ The Michael Slate Show on August 6. During the interview, Dr. Gleick discussed
his new book Bottled and Sold – The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water.
Listen to the interview here. He also spoke with Cy Musiker on KQED Radio
on August 10 to discuss what’s next for California’s water policy future after
the water bond postponement. Listen to the interview here.
Hosts Jane McMillan and Ed Cavagnaro from the KCBS radio show In Depth interviewed
Dr. Gleick on August 22, discussing the California water bond, state and
federal spending on California’s current water issues, and rising sea levels.
Listen to the interview here.
- Juliet Christian-Smith spoke with the National Radio Project show Making Contact, discussing
increasing water scarcity and potential changes in California’s agriculture
industry in the coming decades. Listen to the interview here.