Water in the West bridges the gap between research and practice to create and promote effective solutions for more sustainable water management in the American West.

Our Programs

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Sustainable Groundwater

Through interdisciplinary research, we identify and develop solutions for more effective groundwater management and policy.

Water Allocation & Management

Water in the West conducts research to find paths to efficient water allocation.

Water & Energy

Water in the West develops tools and best management practices to effectively and efficiently integrate water and energy management.

Watershed Health

Our interdisciplinary work strives to find solutions to the difficult problem of preserving rivers and streams while supplying adequate water to cities, farms, and ranches.

Latest News & Insights

A new report analyzes progress in implementing landmark CA groundwater legislation: the formation of new agencies to manage groundwater.

California is currently entering its sixth year of drought. The length and intensity of this recent drought has caused declining groundwater levels, loss of groundwater dependent ecosystems, drying of domestic wells, and numerous other impacts. This drought has highlighted the need for better management of our water systems.

Researchers at Stanford and Melbourne University looked at groundwater permitting regimes in southwestern states that could hold important lessons for local agencies in the implementation of California’s new groundwater law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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About Water in the West

July 11, 2016

A joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Water in the West marshals the resources of one of the world’s preeminent research institutions to address one of the most urgent questions about the West’s future—how can the region continue to thrive despite growing water scarcity? Learn more about our approach in this short video.

Spotlight

Understanding Groundwater

Our series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.

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