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.
During the 2012–2016 California drought some irrigators received little or no water at all in consecutive years while others received comparatively large allocations. This paper focuses on the role that California’s water rights priority system and its administration via Central Valley Project contracts have played in generating disproportionate water allocations and impacts during the drought.
The paper examines resilient water governance regimes in the context of a variable climate drawing predominately on evidence from California research.
Featured Events, Workshops & Dialogues
Seminar: Martin Doyle- Federalism in Federal Water Agencies: How Districts of the Corps of Engineers Vary in Reservoir Operations
Please join us at our Water in the West seminar on March 7 at 2:30 pm in Y2E2 300. Martin Doyle, Director of the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be presenting, "Federalism in Federal Water Agencies: How Districts of the Corps of Engineers Vary in Reservoir Operations".
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