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.
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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.
Green infrastructure is emerging as a holistic stormwater management strategy that can also provide multi-sector benefits. This paper develops a conceptual framework that incorporates a robust assessment component for communicating with potential investors through the inclusion of multiple evaluation methods, performance metrics, and risk categories. The applied performance of this framework is then validated using fourteen U.S. and international case studies.
Water security is a major issue facing both the United States and the world. We require a strategy that makes water infrastructure a higher priority for both domestic and international investment, and in a system where lessons learned can be effectively shared across borders. There is an imperative both domestically and globally for public and non-public sources of capital to be as coordinated as possible.
Featured Events, Workshops & Dialogues
Dissertation Defense: Patricia Gonzales-- "Coordinating Regional Water Management to Enable Innovation and Prompt Collective Action"
Stanford University’s Water in the West and School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and the University of California, Davis co-hosted an Uncommon Dialogue on groundwater quality under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Aimée Craft will join us to speak about community-engaged research focusing on sustainable water governance and indigenous law.
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.Read more