water policy

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]

Could California Become a Leader in Smart Water Management?

August 12, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

California relies on a small number of winter storms to recharge groundwater sources and restore snowpack that furnishes most of the potable water in the state. But in times of drought, the state relies on groundwater. Some estimates indicate that as much as 65% of water is sourced from these supplies.[read more]

Water-Energy Nexus Critical to Future Water Policy

March 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Water-Energy Nexus

On March 22 in Tokyo, UN-Water will release its World Water Development Report in conjunction with its annual World Water Day 2014 celebrations. This annual event is meant to raise awareness for water – indispensable for human life on earth. This year’s theme is “Water & Energy”.[read more]

Joan Mulhern: Clean Water Loses A Champion

December 22, 2012 by NRDC Switchboard

photo-jmulhern-200.jpgJoan Mulhern, my friend, a fellow clean water advocate, and a mentor, passed away on Tuesday. I hope everyone will read the touching tribute that her Earthjustice colleague, Marty Hayden, wrote. Our community has suffered a tremendous loss, not just for the things we liked about Joan – like her wry humor and shameless Red Sox boosterism – but for the things that made us uncomfortable – like when she was telling us that we weren’t taking a strong enough stance on a given issue.[read more]