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

Groundwater recharge pond - Coachella, CA

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.

Upcoming Event

Water Data Summit at Stanford

September 9, 2016 - 8:00am

Water in the West scholars Newsha Ajami and Frank Wolak will join colleagues from Stanford's Graduate School of Business for a Water Data Summit on Sept. 9 at the GSB's Knight Management Center on campus. Organized by the California Data Collaborative with GSB Professor Wes Hartmann, the day-long event will feature interactive panels on how big water data integration is...

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Latest News & Insights

California needs to better prepare for droughts. A new study highlights the costs, benefits and obstacles of a possible solution – managed aquifer recharge.

Catch up on our recent reports, publications, news and recommendations for summer reading in our Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter.

California has been in a serious drought for years and its consequences are mounting from increased fires to lower water tables. With no end in sight, Margaret Bowman is looking to water-focused impact investing as a possible way forward.

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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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