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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.

April 10, 2014  | Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

A new Water in the West report, “Before the Well Runs Dry: Improving the Linkage Between Groundwater and Land Use Planning,” identifies opportunities for managing groundwater and land use more coherently in California.

April 03, 2014  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

Freshwater security in coastal regions such as the Monterey Bay of California depend critically on groundwater. 99% of the freshwater used for Monterey County is groundwater. Learn how Stanford Professor Rosemary Knight and her research team are mapping saltwater intrusion from Santa Cruz to Monterey to help inform proactive groundwater management.

March 11, 2014  | Water in the West  | Insights

Figure 1. All fountains on the Stanford campus have been turned off to highlight the current California drought.  Despite recent rains, the drought continues with record low precipitation across most of California. Many communities are struggling with low water supplies, with some nearly running out.  At Stanford, a diversified water supply portfolio, water efficiency investments...

February 25, 2014  | Water in the West  | Insights

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment co-director Barton “Buzz” Thompson has been thinking a lot about the drought in California lately.  In a recent San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed, Professor Thompson argues that drought is a fact of California life.  While Californians may never enjoy complete water security, planning can ease impacts and reduce risks. “Less...

October 10, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

In September 2013 the Orange County Superior Court in California handed down an unpublished decision (Capistrano Taxpayers Association v. City of San Juan Capistrano (2013)) that could have public water agencies throwing up their hands in frustration. While it remains to be seen whether the ruling will stand and just how far it may ultimately reach, its potential to further complicate the ability...

October 03, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Three Stanford students and Water in the West Director Andrew Fahlund recently embarked on a road trip through the Central Valley and along the Central Coast to explore groundwater issues in both regions.  Along the way they met with the Kern Water Bank regarding groundwater recharge to the aquifer.  They also met with reporters from the San Luis Obispo Tribune on recent...

October 02, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

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Three Stanford students and Water in the West Director Andrew Fahlund recently embarked on a road trip through the Central Valley and along the Central Coast to explore groundwater issues in both regions.  Along the way they met with the Kern Water Bank regarding groundwater recharge to the aquifer.  They also met with reporters from the San Luis Obispo Tribune on recent...

September 27, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Imagine that you are taking a long hot shower. While washing, you look out the window, where you see a woman, facing you, with a pile of coal. She is slowly and dejectedly eating from this coal pile, one black nugget at a time. Occasionally, she gags.  Your stomach churns.  Welcome to “immersive virtual reality.” This woman is your avatar in a virtual reality simulation...

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.” ...

September 04, 2013  | Water in the West  | News

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