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.

Latest News & Insights

Scholars working with Water in the West discussed their latest research on groundwater and the implications for the future of California’s water. The panel informed state and local level policy and decision makers on such issues as implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and new data collection techniques.

Stanford scientists gather in Sacramento to discuss the state’s critical groundwater supply.

Bill Blomquist, an expert on water institutions and management, has joined the Stanford University community as a Landreth Visiting Fellow working with Water in the West.



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.


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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