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.
Through interdisciplinary research, we identify and develop solutions for more effective groundwater management and policy.
Water in the West conducts research to find paths to efficient water allocation.
Water in the West develops tools and best management practices to effectively and efficiently integrate water and energy management.
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.
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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.
This research brief provides an overview of the results of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency formation process, and what this portends for the next phase of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation: the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans.
Water utilities are increasingly relying on water efficiency and conservation to extend the availability of supplies. Despite spatial and institutional inter-dependency of many utilities, these demand-side management initiatives have traditionally been tackled by individual utilities operating in isolation. In this study, we introduce a policy framework for water conservation credits that enables collaboration at the regional scale.
Featured Events, Workshops & Dialogues
Stanford University's Water in the West program, in partnership with ACWA, APA California, the Farm Bureau, and GRAC, hosted an Uncommon Dialogue on groundwater management and land use planning under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West, Stanford University will be presenting her research at the Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program Seminar Series.
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