News & Insights: Watershed Health

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.

March 28, 2017  | Water in the West  | News

Devon Ryan

Stanford’s Water in the West program ranks states in the Colorado River Basin on their use of and support for a legal tool enabling water rights holders to voluntarily transfer their water to benefit the environment.

February 19, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Janny Choy, Research Analyst, Water in the West

We are excited to welcome three talented new postdoctoral scholars to Water in the West: Esther Conrad, Ben Bryant, and Sibyl Diver. Since arriving in September of 2015, Esther, who is also with Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, has jumped right into two timely studies: one examining groundwater adjudications and other local groundwater management arrangements in...

April 02, 2015  | Water in the West  | Insights

Stanford News Service

The snowpack in California's mountains is at the lowest level ever recorded. The long-term effects of the drought could be devastating. Frank Gehrke, left, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, points to a mark on the snow pack measuring pole that was the lowest previous snow pack level, as Gov. Jerry Brown, center, and Mark Cowin,...

March 16, 2015  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

Water in the West researchers compile best practices, forward solutions to ensure enough water is available for natural systems and people. This story is part of a series about Stanford researchers developing solutions to water supply and access challenges affecting billions of people.

September 19, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

When John Wesley Powell descended the Colorado River for the first time, he and his party were frequently confronted with blind turns and unknown consequences around each bend in the river.  They had no maps to guide them and their equipment was only marginally suited to the task at hand.  As the saying goes, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” ...

August 15, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

A stream flowing through high-altitude grasslands in Ecuador. TNC is working through water funds to finance watershed protection in this area. Photo: Bridget Besaw   Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), spoke at the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley last Tuesday on how business and society can thrive by investing in nature. A tall and wiry former Goldman...

August 14, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Numbers matter.  When you interview for a job, you are routinely advised to quantify your achievements - for example, talk about how you brought in a 50% increase in sales or negotiated a $2 million deal for your company.   “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” - Dr. Seuss   However, as you learned...

March 07, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

​Welcome to our new website for Water in the West at Stanford University!  The site is the result of a partnership between the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West.  Please look around this site to learn more about how we are engaging in research and dialogues to help achieve a future of sustainable water management for...

January 30, 2012  | Stanford Magazine  | News

Twelve sophomore Stanford University students, three faculty members, three teaching assistants and Professor Buzz Thompson set out for a two-week adventure on the Colorado River. While immersing themselves on the 225-mile journey as part of a sophomore course entitled Water in the West, the students get the ultimate hands on experience

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