News & Insights

Get insights and analysis from Water in the West researchers as well as the latest news about new Stanford water research and events focusing on western water issues.

October 14, 2016  | Bill Lane Center for the American West  | News

Felicity Barringer

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.

September 21, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Devon Ryan

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

September 19, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Devon Ryan

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.

September 14, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Janny Choy, Research Analyst, Water in the West

Groundwater levels data are critically important to understanding aquifer health and the gold standard for obtaining them is through the use of dedicated monitoring wells.

July 21, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Rob Jordan

California needs to better prepare for droughts. A new study highlights the costs, benefits and obstacles of a possible solution – managed aquifer recharge.

Catch up on our recent reports, publications, news and recommendations for summer reading in our Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter.

July 05, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Shannon Swanson

California has been in a serious drought for years and its consequences are mounting from increased fires to lower water tables. With no end in sight, Margaret Bowman is looking to water-focused impact investing as a possible way forward.

June 29, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Rob Jordan

Survey of groundwater managers highlights need for standardized data monitoring, and makes policy recommendations for successful implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA)

June 20, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights


On March 29, 2016, Researchers from the Water in the West Program and the Bill Lane Center for the American West organized two panel sessions in which they presented their work at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in San Francisco.

June 10, 2016  | School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences  | News

A new computer algorithm developed at Stanford University is enabling scientists to use satellite data to determine groundwater levels across larger areas than ever before. The technique, detailed in the June issue of the journal Water Resources Research, could lead to better models of groundwater flow.