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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.

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...

July 09, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Professor Jacqueline Peel, Visiting Scholar, Stanford Water in the West The 2013 Silicon Valley Energy Summit was hosted by the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center on June 28, 2013.  The Summit Agenda promised a high-powered line-up of federal and state agency officials, business people, investors and practitioners talking about developments in the energy policy field. The timing of the...

June 12, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Last week the Huffington Post published an article entitled, “Margaret Kreusser, California Woman, Hit With $16,000 Water Bill,” that reported on how a woman from Escondido, CA was charged for the alleged use of more than 2.5 million gallons of water in one month.  Just to put that number in context, the average American family of four uses 12,000 gallons per month; the value...

March 18, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Don’t feel bad if you didn't know last week (March 10 – 16) was National Groundwater Awareness week. If you did, you can count yourself part of a small minority of individuals who know or care about groundwater! Despite the fact that groundwater provides approximately 44% of the public water supply in the United States, very few Americans know anything about this precious...

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...

February 14, 2013  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment   | News

Researchers encourage bacteria to produce nitrous oxide and methane in sewage sludge. The gases can then be cleanly burned to produce energy to run the plant.

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

December 13, 2010  | Stanford News  | News

Much of the agriculture in the American West depends on underground water systems that need to be carefully monitored to avoid overuse. Traditional data about aquifers are sparse and expensive to obtain. Until now, crops growing above the aquifer prevented satellite-based radar from "seeing" under the surface. But Stanford researchers have found a way around the plant problem.

July 26, 2010  | Stanford News   | News

Within the sludge of wastewater treatment plants is an invisible world teeming with microbes. Here, diverse species of bacteria convert solid and liquid wastes into gases, some of which contribute to global warming.

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