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'New normal’: Scientists predict less rain from here on out

Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh and his crew of earth scientists at Stanford University help lead the scientific world’s investigation into California’s epic dehydration.

Published: Monday, April 20, 2015 Source: SF Chronicle
California drought gives 'toilet to tap' a new level of attention

Thirsty? 'Toilet to tap' gets real in California - Water in the West (Janny Choy) weighs in on the discussion.

Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Source: CNBC
California drought: Santa Barbara looks to ocean desalination for new water; are other cities next?

Santa Barbara county resumes their desalination plant that will cost billions to modernize. Newsha Ajami states that communities should maximize other conservation methods first before paying for the most expensive water first.

Published: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Source: Inside Bay Area
What Do Water Restrictions Mean For California?

As drought continues to plague California, state regulators have since imposed more restrictions. Watch Leon Szeptycki and other experts talk about the California Drought.

Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 Source: HuffPost Live
No, California won't run out of water in a year

Will California really run out of water in 2016? Experts including Water in the West's Leon Szeptycki weigh in

Published: Friday, March 20, 2015 Source: LA Times
Environment: Ensuring Water for Nature and People

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.

Published: Monday, March 16, 2015 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford examines how best to fund water projects in times of financial uncertainty

A new analysis produced by Stanford's Water in the West Program provides a blueprint for overhauling the way California funds water infrastructure and innovation projects.

Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Source: Stanford News
Stanford Water Researcher Advises Drought-Stricken Megacity

Newsha Ajami of Water in the West met with officials in São Paulo, Brazil, which may have only a few weeks of water supply left.

Published: Friday, December 19, 2014 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
How California’s Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought

Buzz Thompson explains the water rights systems in California to KQED radio.

Published: Monday, December 8, 2014 Source: KQED Science
Stanford geophysicist maps saltwater threat to California aquifers

Earlier this fall, a team led by Stanford geophysicist Rosemary Knight performed an ambitious experiment to determine the extent of ocean saltwater intrusion into underground freshwater in the Monterey Bay region.

Published: Friday, December 5, 2014 Source: Stanford News
Getting our money’s worth from $7.5 billion water bond

New Op-Ed by Buzz Thompson explores how we can get the most out the recently passed $7.5B water bond.

Published: Friday, November 21, 2014 Source: SF Gate
Researcher probes saltwater intrusion into Calif.'s coastal groundwater supplies

A Stanford University earth sciences professor, Rosemary Knight, is investigating the extent to which salt water has intruded into underground aquifers. The topic is of immediate relevance in the drought-stricken state, and particularly along the 24-mile stretch Knight has selected where small legal wars over groundwater use are brewing.

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Source: ClimateWire
Dealing With Drought: California Gov. Jerry Brown Addresses Forum

California Gov. Jerry Brown joins water experts at Stanford for discussion of policy prescriptions and new research on improving water management

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Get Used to Toilet-to-Tap Water, Californians Told

Mentions and links to new report on groundwater issues and possible solutions by Water in the West

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 Source: The Guardian
California's Invisible Reservoirs

"California's invisible reservoirs" are far cheaper than surface water reservoirs, say ‪Water in the West researchers - Barton "Buzz" Thompson and Janny Choy.

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 Source: SF Gate