Telling more human and hopeful stories about water

How We Work

The Water Hub is a pro bono communications program of Climate Nexus that uses story-based strategies to advance water justice and resilience in the West. We work to make water communications more accessible and activism more effective, so the people most impacted by water challenges — largely people of color and tribes — have greater power to set the solutions.

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Build Relationships

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Strengthen Voices

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Co-Create Narrative Change

Who We Are

We are a team of seasoned communications strategists here to support water advocates and experts, uplift traditionally marginalized voices, and add capacity to groups that have historically been under-resourced.


One of the ways the Water Hub works to strengthen water communications is by doing public opinion and media research and sharing our learning with the field. Check out a few of our recent projects below.

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2021 Colorado River Media Scan

In this analysis, we look at the summer’s Colorado River news coverage and volume, key themes and solutions stories and the conversation around water supply and drought on social media.

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Ethical Imagery Guide

Communicators have been paying more attention to telling ethical stories. The same considerations are important for visual storytelling, that’s why we partnered with Survival Media Agency to inform us on best practices for everything from sourcing photos to compensating subjects and sharing the final product.

Opportunity on Water

In our new report, we synthesize public opinion research on water, and offer a series of recommendations for tapping into shared concerns to drive meaningful progress.      

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Services & Support

Our services include:

  • Nonprofit communications strategy
  • On-call media relations
  • Content creation
  • Media and opinion research
  • Training and coaching
  • Messaging advice

The Water Hub works with groups in these areas:

  • Journalists, artists, and other media producers
  • Nonprofit and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and Indigenous rights organizations
  • Scientists and traditional knowledge holders
  • Utility managers, water agencies, and policymakers
  • Sustainable agriculture groups