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:

  • American Rivers, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and Resources Legacy Fund/California Water Foundation

    To support a network of organizations and their partners in launching efforts in Tucson, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, Detroit, Greater Providence, New Orleans, and Los Angeles demonstrating the effectiveness of integrated water management (IWM) to meet local water resource challenges and provide additional benefits for the community.
  • The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities/ Stormwater Funders’ Group

    To support the expansion of the Stormwater Funders’ Group (SFG), a national network of funders interested in sustainable stormwater and green infrastructure, toward more strategic collaboration.
  • Ceres

    To expand Ceres’ capacity to drive more sustainable practices by utilities, agriculture and others whose businesses substantially impact water resources.
  • Environment America Research and Policy Center

    To provide support for the re-launch of the Clean Water Network, which seeks to connect groups across the country who support clean water.
  • Action Inc. – Water Alliance

    To support a workshop of experts to assess progress in Integrated Water Management (IWM) in the U.S. and to identify initiatives and opportunities to advance further implementation.
  • Conservation International

    To support Conservation International’s work to improve the human condition by ensuring stable sources of food, fresh water, energy and livelihoods through the lasting protection of natural capital.
  • Duke University/Nicholas Institute

    To prepare a “Blueprint” for the improvement of the water rights and management systems used in the American West.
  • Fund for Philadelphia

    To facilitate the direct exchange of information among cities working to advance green stormwater infrastructure.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council

    To support NRDC’s Water and Public Health Programs to secure safe and sufficient water for people and the environment by promoting water efficiency, water-related climate change mitigation and adaptation, protection of waterways and aquatic ecosystems; and the protection of drinking water supplies.
  • National Wildlife Federation/Chesapeake Commons

    To pilot the “Water Reporter” application for smart phones that would empower the public to report and track responses to water pollution incidents that they observe.
  • Trust for Conservation Innovation/WaterNow

    To support the development and launch of the Resilient Water Alliance, a network of urban water agency leaders dedicated to the adoption of sustainable water solutions.
  • The University of Wisconsin/Mayor’s Innovation Project

    To enable local officials to share information on the barriers that prevent cities from using an integrated water management approach as well as the best practices and tools that cities are using to overcome these barriers.
  • Resources Legacy Fund/California Water Foundation

    To promote Integrated Water Management (IWM) to address California’s water challenges.

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.