The WATER Institute develops innovative science-based solutions for communities and the environment to address the legacy of hydrologically destructive land-use practices and policies on California’s watersheds, and the urgent need to address the impacts of climate change on the water cycle.
“The water cycle
and the life cycle
Upcoming WATER Institute Events
Upcoming events in watershed, beaver, and process-based restoration.
Dr Rejendra Singh at OAEC – SOLD OUT!
Thanks for your interest. This event is SOLD OUT! OAEC and the WATER Institute are excited to welcome world renowned water conservationist Dr. Rajendra Singh to OAEC! Join us for … Read more
OAEC Makes a Splash in Restoration Journal
Ecesis, the quarterly news journal of SerCal (California Society for Ecological Restoration) features an article written by our own WATER Institute Co-Directors, Kate Lundquist and Brock Dolman, and Development and … Read more
Bring Back the Beaver
In order to improve water supply for humans and the environment and increase resilience to drought and climate change, the WATER Institute is working to integrate beaver management into California policy and regulation.
Bring Back the Beaver Campaign >
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The WATER Institute can help you protect your watershed:
MODELING WATERSHED RESILIENCY
“Just as water is the foundation of life, it must also be the foundation of design in the built environment.”
Betsy Damon (Keeper of the Waters)
Community resilience depends on healthy relationships with our watersheds. Through a practice we call “Conservation Hydrology,” you can create and install water management systems that restore and protect watersheds. Learn about our Conservation Hydrology demonstration site for design inspiration.
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”
The WATER Institute supports students, landowners, watershed advocates, land managers, land-use professionals agency staff and policy makers to become water-literate environmental stewards. You too can increase your community’s watershed literacy by drawing from our many resources.
SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES TO TRANSFORM WATERSHEDS
“Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.”
Viewing your watershed as a shared “basin of relations” allows you and your neighbors to truly define the boundaries of your community and to organize around meaningful issues of lasting local social security.
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