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.
Latest News & Insights
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.
Although there is no single solution to increasing California’s resiliency to drought and to achieving sustainable groundwater management, managed aquifer recharge (MAR) projects will play an important role in helping the newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under SGMA to achieve their sustainability goals.
Featured Events, Workshops & Dialogues
Stanford University’s Water in the West Program, the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with California State University’s Center for Collaborative Policy hosted this workshop as part of the groundwater workshop series. This workshop focused on Geophysical Methods for Sustainable Groundwater Management.
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