Water Resources

Water Resources

Water fires our imaginations, sustains us and the natural world, and is an indispensable component of our economic welfare. Our streams, rivers and lakes provide habitat, recreational opportunities, and water supply on which we depend. But water supply and quality is increasingly threatened in many places in the United States. Climate change is, and will, make matters worse.

The Pisces Foundation’s water program will respond to these challenges by supporting innovative approaches to durably protect the nation’s water resources. Our goal is to help spur a transition from a system that manages quality and supply in isolation with a more powerful, integrated paradigm. This new, modern approach will place water at the center of community—leveraging it to green communities, support nature, and sustain farms and business.

Our goal is to catalyze a transformation, drawing attention to the solutions that a new approach will provide for people and the environment. The result: clean water supporting vibrant communities.

Our recent Water grants include:

  • National Wildlife Federation

    To launch a strong, diverse, nationwide effort to safeguard water protections and advance opportunities to enhance public health and environmental protections for all communities.
  • The Water Foundation

    To strengthen the resilience of water supplies in California and other western states, improve the ecological health of western watersheds, and provide access to safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water for all.
  • Conservation International

    To plan, launch, and implement a Freshwater Initiative focused on the essential role of nature in Smart Water solutions.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council

    To secure safe and sufficient water for people and the environment by advancing water efficiency, financial investment in clean water, and promoting climate-water resilience.
  • American Rivers, Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and Trust for Public Land

    To help communities from coast-to-coast implement Smart Water solutions that reduce water pollution, enhance local water solutions, restore natural hydrology, green the urban environment, and boost local economies.

Grant Opportunity: RFP for Urban Water Strategy

We’re pleased to announce a new funding opportunity as part of our urban water strategy. We seek to support organizations to champion smart water approaches that align with the project selection criteria. Concept notes accepted until Jan 29. For details about project selection criteria, process for selection, and timeline, please review the RFP here.  

Interested in more information about water resource challenges in the U.S.?

An analysis by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council examined the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States, finding that more than 1,100 counties, one-third of all counties in the lower 48, will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming.