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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.

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.

March 13, 2017  | Stanford Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences  | News

Ker Than

Scientists use Earth-imaging technologies to study the intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the California coast.

February 15, 2017  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

Devon Ryan

As workers rush to repair the spillway at California’s Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.

January 27, 2017  | Water in the West  | Insights

Winter storms are fueling the question: Is California's drought over?

January 12, 2017  | Water in the West  | Insights

Rob Jordan

Q&A with veteran environmental journalist Felicity Barringer on a newly launched blog about the West.

December 08, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Devon Ryan

A new report analyzes progress in implementing landmark CA groundwater legislation: the formation of new agencies to manage groundwater.

December 05, 2016  | Water in the West  | Insights

Ilana Crankshaw and Tara Moran, Visualizations: Geoff McGhee

California is currently entering its sixth year of drought. The length and intensity of this recent drought has caused declining groundwater levels, loss of groundwater dependent ecosystems, drying of domestic wells, and numerous other impacts. This drought has highlighted the need for better management of our water systems.

December 02, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Devon Ryan

Researchers at Stanford and Melbourne University looked at groundwater permitting regimes in southwestern states that could hold important lessons for local agencies in the implementation of California’s new groundwater law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

November 30, 2016  | Water in the West  | News

Devon Ryan

A new report recommends a framework for developing groundwater models, critical tools for long-term water management planning, under California’s ambitious groundwater management law.

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