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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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.

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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Toward Sustainable Groundwater

June 27, 2016

After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, California is on the cusp of a new era due to historic groundwater legislation. However, meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford’s Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School.

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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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