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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.

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.

May 23, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Desalination could increase freshwater supplies for some coastal communities, but more research and policy work needed, experts say in new report

March 22, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Newsha Ajami and Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr.

On March 22, the White House marked World Water Day by hosting a summit to “raise awareness of water issues” in the United States and to help “build a sustainable water future through innovative science and technology.” The United States will need innovative new technologies and management strategies to solve its growing water challenges, including continued population growth...

March 20, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Water in the West

Stanford water researchers chart a path to water innovation with three new research briefs issued this week to coincide with the first-ever White House Water Summit. The briefs provide an overview of steps needed to update the nation's aging water infrastructure, drilling down into innovative financing strategies and new approaches for resource management that deal with a fractured water sector...

March 01, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Tara Moran and Esther Conrad

  On February 18, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released draft regulations for the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). These plans will serve as roadmaps for achieving sustainable management of the state’s groundwater basins within the next 20 years. The draft regulations emphasize the need to...

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...

February 16, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

On December 15, the White House convened nearly 100 water experts from across the nation for a “Roundtable on Water Innovation” to discuss solutions to repair and upgrade the nation’s aging water infrastructure. Participants from the federal government, academic institutions, the private sector and more discussed 21st century challenges that the water sector faces - such as a lack of innovation,...