The Water Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural class of Summer Research Fellows. Summer Research Fellows will be supporting the Water Foundation’s work on environmental justice, the water-energy nexus, improving data to support sustainability efforts, and implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
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Most urban businesses don’t have to worry about high water costs—it’s just not a huge part of their bottom line. That fact has enabled members of the Bay Area Council to engage in the sustainable water management conversation in an innovative way. Elizabeth Soderstrom, the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships officer, recently talked with Adrian Covert, vice president of public policy for the Bay Area Council, about opportunities for the business community in advocating for improved storm water capture, creating viable water markets, and how smart land use planning can result in significant water conservation.
For the last 30 years, Comite Civico del Valle has been advocating to improve air quality and public health in Imperial County. Luis Olmedo, executive director of Comite Civico, talked with the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships officer, Elizabeth Soderstrom, about the tools Comite Civico has employed to clean up the air in their community and why their sights are now trained on improving water quality in Imperial County.
WATER FOUNDATION CAMPAIGN DRAWS ATTENTION TO CALIFORNIA’S DRINKING WATER CRISIS
SACRAMENTO—The Water Foundation is launching a website today addressing California’s drinking water crisis. The website, SafeWaterForCA.org, will also be advertised on the radio around the state in areas with high numbers of contaminated water systems.
SACRAMENTO— Water experts and business leaders across the state today are praising the release of California’s new plan to create a more resilient and reliable water future, “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.” In January 36 scientists from throughout California wrote a letter to Governor Jerry Brown applauding the governor’s leadership and urging common sense steps to increase the reliability of the state’s water supply. The Water Foundation issued the following statements,
SACRAMENTO—Water Foundation Chief Executive Officer Wade Crowfoot released the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to lift the drought emergency:
“This drought devastated communities and natural places across California, so the Governor’s announcement after a wet winter is a very welcome milestone.
Today marks the 24th annual World Water Day, declared by the United Nations to call attention to water challenges and improve how water is managed. As nations and groups around the world use this day to spur progress on water issues, it’s time for our own “call to arms” on water in the American West.
Elizabeth Soderstrom, Water Foundation Strategic Partnerships Officer, sat down with John Cain, conservation director for California floodplain management for American Rivers, to talk about their work on river management. After a winter of heavy rains and flooding, Elizabeth and John discussed a new paradigm for flood management in California and how that can be integrated with groundwater recharge, river and habitat restoration, and greater protection from floods for our communities.