National Geographic is developing a strategic approach to freshwater issues with the goal of influencing the way we, as a global community, think about and use freshwater resources. Below is a list of freshwater resources.

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Pacific Institute

The Pacific Institute works to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. The Institute conducts interdisciplinary research and partners with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity—in California, nationally, and internationally. The Pacific Institute's water program seeks to transform the way societies perceive, manage, and use water resources.

Stroud Water Research Center

The Stroud Water Research Center's scientific staff is internationally acclaimed for its pioneering research on streams and rivers. The scientists work in interdisciplinary research teams, blending their individual talents in chemistry, microbial ecology, invertebrate biology, watershed ecology, and ecosystem modeling to study the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers, the life histories of individual organisms, and the ecology of watersheds.

Water Footprint Network

The mission of the Water Footprint Network is to promote the transition toward sustainable, fair, and efficient use of freshwater resources worldwide primarily by advancing the concept of the “water footprint”—a spatially and temporally explicit indicator of direct and indirect water use of consumers and producers. The water footprint of an individual, community, or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services.

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