News & Insights: Watershed Health & Allocation

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.

June 05, 2017  | Water in the West  | Insights


There is potential to shift the dynamic between fish and people beyond finger-pointing.  Is California up to the task?

May 11, 2017  | Water in the West  | News

Devon Ryan

A team of law students led by Leon Szeptycki and Brian Gray develop four case studies that look at water law during the California drought.

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.

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.

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...