Developing a Better Understanding of the Future of our Region’s Water
Our region has a long and rich history of community pride and protection of our region’s clean air and water, and quality of life. But our arid region faces significant challenges from climate change and its potential impacts on future water supplies. In fact, local scientists find that our major sources of water – the Colorado River and the rivers of Northern California – could shrink by 20% or more in the coming decades, making it even more difficult to meet the water demands of our growing region.
With this challenge in mind, The San Diego Foundation co-funded a partnership between the San Diego County Water Authority and USCD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), to better understand how climate variability and climate change will affect local precipitation patterns and demand for water in what will be a warmer future. Findings of this study will be incorporated into the Water Authority’s next update of its Urban Water Management Plan to ensure the Water Authority's water supplies, infrastructure, and services will accommodate the potential impacts of climate change.
To share the findings of this partnership with community leaders, The Foundation partnered with the San Diego County Water Authority and UCSD's SIO to conduct a series of three tours, with a fourth occuring this month. Almost 60 leaders from government, business, as well as community and civic organizations attended tours held in June at the construction site of San Vicente Dam, the largest dam raise in the U.S. The tours illustrated the types of investments we can make by working together, and to ensure our region’s water supply is resilient to a changing climate and other risks.
Click here to watch a video about this partnership and its impacts.
Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund Grants $135,000 to Advance our Region’s Understanding of Climate Change
Since 2008, as part of its effort to advance regional efforts to address climate change, the Environment program’s Blasker Environment Grants Fund and the Engel & Hervey Family Funds have supported research on the potential local impacts of global climate change and ways to reduce our local greenhouse gas emissions and minimize climate change impacts.
This year, with the generous support of the Engel and Hervey Family Funds, the Environment program’s Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund granted $135,000 to support the following three research projects:
The San Diego Natural History Museum – to support research lead by Phil Unitt, on Understanding and Managing the Effects of Wildfire on the Birds and Mammals of Southern California.
San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health – to support research led by Rick Gersberg, on Modeling the Impact of Global Climate Change on Vulnerable Populations of San Diego County.
University of San Diego, Energy Policy Initiatives Center – to support research led by Scott Anders, on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Cost Effectiveness Tool: A Standardized Approach to Help Cities Develop Climate Action Plans.