Water

When we use powerful 21st-century approaches worthy of water’s essential role in our lives and communities, we’ll have clean and plentiful water today and tomorrow.

New ideas and ready-to-go solutions can provide us with safe water coming from every tap, cities strengthened by cleaner lakes and rivers, and enough water for people and nature. “One Water” management, a new integrated approach that values all water, can accelerate and deliver these results by embracing each step needed to protect water for people and nature.

How We Do It

More than ever, all water is valuable and solutions are at hand to protect it. Our strategies include supporting:

Implementing One Water Management in Cities

We support local efforts in cities from coast-to-coast to implement One Water approaches, like green infrastructureLooking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Blueprint for One Water, a report describing how to advance One Water management

Video and other resources about the benefits of One Water management

The Value of Green Infrastructure, A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits, a report on green infrastructure's multiple benefits

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on water resources:

EPA: Green Infrastructure

American Rivers Integrated Water Management
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, that can reduce water pollution, add parks and other amenities, reduce flooding, and augment water supply. We fund leaders who are bringing this new thinking and bold practice to the urgent task of ensuring safe, sufficient, and secure water, creating more resilient communities, healthier waters, and stronger economies.

Building 21st-Century Water Policy

We support implementation of policies that stimulate investment in One Water approaches or facilitate their implementation. We fund efforts locally and nationally to reduce barriers to new policies that ensure clean, reliable water is available for all.Looking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Blueprint for One Water, a report describing how to advance One Water management

Video and other resources about the benefits of One Water management

The Value of Green Infrastructure, A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits, a report on green infrastructure's multiple benefits

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on water resources:

EPA: Green Infrastructure

American Rivers Integrated Water Management
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Increasing Peer-to-Peer Sharing

We support information sharing efforts in and between urban watersheds that are already scaling up new water management practices or thinking about doing so. Connecting stakeholders so they can share information is among the most effective means of scaling One Water practices from city to city across our nation.

Looking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

Blueprint for One Water, a report describing how to advance One Water management

Video and other resources about the benefits of One Water management

The Value of Green Infrastructure, A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits, a report on green infrastructure's multiple benefits

Want to go further? These organizations offer a wide range of information on water resources:

EPA: Green Infrastructure

American Rivers Integrated Water Management

Implementing One Water solutions creates impressive results for people and nature, reducing the strains brought on by climate change, population growth, failing infrastructure, and pollution.

Video: Pisces Partners on a One Water Future

Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange

The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange (the Exchange) seeks to accelerate the adoption of One Water solutions by supporting peer learning, innovation, and collaboration among cities, counties, and utilities. The Exchange is building a practical playbook that communities across North America can use to implement green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) affordably and equitably.

With support from the Pisces Foundation, the Exchange works with subject matter experts to share curated content on issues of importance to the water field – such as recommendations to advance equity in GSI implementation – to enable practitioners and policymakers to advance One Water more equitably.

The Exchange, in partnership with Earth Economics, recently released a new GSI FAQs guide to help One Water practitioners have effective conversations with water agency leadership and colleagues about scaling the adoption of GSI.

Click here to listen to an interview with the Exchange’s Executive Director, Paula Conolly, about shifting power dynamics in water.