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, technologies, and ready-to-go solutions can provide us with safe water coming from every tap, farms that grow food without polluting waterways, cities strengthened by cleaner lakes and rivers, and enough water for people and nature. “Smart 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 Smart Water Management in Cities

We support local efforts in cities from coast-to-coast to implement Smart 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 Smart Water management

Video and other resources about the benefits of Smart 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

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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.

Boosting Smart Water Management on the Farm

We support efforts to work with farmers and large-scale buyers of agricultural products to encourage sustainable water use, reduce pollution, and increase farm revenue. With a current focus in the Midwest, where most commodity crops are grown, we make grants to projects that boost demand for sustainably-grown products and advance practicesLooking for more information? You can dive deeper with these resources:

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

Video and other resources about the benefits of Smart 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

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that benefit water.

Building 21st-Century Water Policy

We support implementation of policies that stimulate investment in Smart 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 Smart Water management

Video and other resources about the benefits of Smart 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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Using Technology to Better Protect Water

We fund the use and development of technology, including remote sensing, low-cost water quality monitors, open source applications, and web-based platforms, to increase the protection of water. We invest in technologies that allow the public to document water pollution and advocate for clean-up.

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 Smart 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 Smart Water management

Video and other resources about the benefits of Smart 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 Smart Water solutions creates impressive results for people and nature, reducing the strains brought on by climate change, population growth, failing infrastructure, and pollution.

Pacific Institute

The Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. Since its founding in 1987, the Pacific Institute has worked to identify challenges facing our water resources and find solutions that balance economic well-being, environmental health, and equity, in the United States and around the world.

Recent highlights of Pacific Institute’s work include:

  • Conducting the first-ever assessment for California of the potential for improved agricultural and urban water use efficiency, water reuse, and stormwater capture and the relative cost of these options.
  • Developing and advancing a Multi-Benefit Framework to support a systematic integration of co-benefits into water management decisions, thereby improving sustainability outcomes and optimizing investments.
  • Providing tools and resources to commercial and industrial property owners in the Santa Ana River Watershed on the site and demonstrating community benefits of sustainable landscape practices to motivate their installation.
  • In its role as co-secretariat of the CEO Water Mandate, bringing corporations, public agencies, and civil society together to collaboratively advance water sustainability practices.