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.
New research finds hydraulic fracturing wells and domestic wells are closer together than expected.
Millions of Americans rely on self-supply groundwater wells for drinking water, but the number of these wells that are located near hydraulic fracturing operations is unknown. This paper shows that approximately half of all hydraulically fractured wells stimulated in 2014 exist within 2–3 km of one or more domestic (public and self-supply) groundwater wells.
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