Water Institute

About WATER Institute

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) developed WATER Institute in 2004 to advertise understanding and significance of healthy and balanced landmarks to healthy and balanced neighborhoods. Structure after OAEC’s years of job to secure Coastal The golden state’s landmarks, WATER Institute focuses on 4 similarly solid as well as related program elements: campaigning for and also plan advancement; training as well as assistance; education and learning and also presentation; and also research study.

The WATER Institute personnel consists of Supervisor Brock Dolman as well as Partner Supervisor Kate Lundquist.

The WATER Institute remains to inform and also release concerning “Preservation Hydrology,” a used scientific research being originated by OAEC and also identified by the complying with vital ideas:

  • Human growth choices need to be based upon a brand-new “rehydration version” as opposed to the present “dehydration design.”
  • All growth should secure the wellness of landmarks and also the accessibility of tidy water.
  • Land-use administration approaches should completely assess the influence of human tasks on the hydrologic cycle, as well as just how these tasks impact types, area as well as ecological community characteristics.
  • Democratic, regionally regulated decision-making procedures are vital for the defense of strenuous environments and also varied, resistant hydrological systems.

At regional, worldwide and also local degrees, we listen to ever-increasing needs for enough materials of top quality water. In action, we should establish exact methods of reviewing the quantity of water offered for both human appropriation as well as for the requirements of all various other life types as well as communities. We have to safeguard the viewpoint that water prevails to all of us, as well as we have to oppose its privatization.

Insisting that it is “far better to be secure compared to dehydrated,” the WATER Institute supports making use of the Precautionary Concept in choices regarding water-use plan. The burden of proof need to get on water individuals to reveal that their suggested use our usual water can be received without damages to the hydrologic cycle. Will the brand-new water utilize negatively influence the seepage, overflow, creek circulations, dissipation, rainfall, condensation, accessibility, or pureness of regional water?

The WATER Institute’s preliminary research study task is to much better comprehend the hydrological cycle on the actual land and also water where we function and also live at OAEC. We have actually set up a digital weather station and also a groundwater well-monitoring system to tape-record water levels as well as define the connection in between surface area water and also groundwater at the OAEC website.

A preservation hydrology approach for OAEC may consist of raising the recharge of our groundwater as well as improving safe and clean water top quality by reducing surface area water drainage as well as boosting seepage. Countless water plan and also instructional possibilities will likely stream from this standard study.

To see a complete listing of current discussions offered, see our Public Outreach web page.

To find out more concerning OAEC’s WATER Institute,

call Brock Dolman (707) 874-1557 ext. 106, brock@oaec.org or Kate Lundquist (707) 874-1557 ext. 118, kate@oaec.org.