Throw Out the Baby. Keep the Bathwater.

Strategies for Surviving a Water Shortage in California and Beyond

The water situation in California is not good and shows no signs of improving any time soon. In fact, the entire state is now in the most severe stage of drought, according to a report by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Across the state, local communities are grappling with the urgent need to find new water supplies—and considering everything from desalinating ocean water to recycling wastewater. There are no quick or easy fixes—but what kind of strategies have worked in other desperately dry places? In advance of the Zócalo/Occidental College event, …

Will Someone Get These People a Drink?

Despite Tremendous Effort and Investment, Clean Water Remains Elusive For Communities Around the World

“Why doesn’t everyone in the world have access to clean water?” Occidental College political economist Sanjeev Khagram’s young son asked him this question today when he learned his father was …

Our United State of Water

For Better and For Worse, Water Keeps California Together

Yes, we’re in a drought, but there’s still good reason to break out the sand bags: to protect ourselves against a flood of conventional media wisdom about California water.

As legislators …

Public Policy Institute of California’s Ellen Hanak

Friday Night Gym Rat

Ellen Hanak is a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California who researches water and natural resources. Before participating in a panel on the future of the California …

Will We Ever Get Sane About Water?

We Have the Means To Keep Ourselves Peaceably Hydrated. The Will, For Now, Is Another Story.

Water has always been a contentious issue in local communities. But now we’re on the cusp of a global water crisis. What can be done around California and the world—by …

Hey, World! Someday L.A. Won’t Need Your Water

If We Fix Pipes, Capture Rain, and Recycle Our Wastewater, The Southland Might Just Be Water Independent

As a nation, we dream of energy independence. But in Los Angeles, we wouldn’t dream of water independence. The growth and prosperity of our city has been largely defined by …