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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
Water in the West Offers New Way to View Groundwater Resources

New website, with interactive graphics, illustrates problems caused by California's over-tapped aquifers and offers potential solutions.

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Source: Stanford News Service
Conserve Energy to Save Water

Water in the West's Newsha Ajami on the need for improved water and energy management in New York Times' "Room for Debate" focused on the water crisis in the West.

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 Source: New York Times
Water-Energy Research Agenda

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Source: Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
New Report Proposes Better Linkage Between Groundwater and Land Use Planning

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Source: Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
A way way to see saltwater intrusion in groundwater

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.

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Water Energy Literature Review

Water-Energy Nexus: A Literature Review provides readers with an overview and analysis of the policy, scientific and technical research on the connections between water and energy. This review is a...

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Source: Water in the West
Using wastewater as a resource

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.

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 Source: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Water Course on the Colorado River

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

Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 Source: Stanford Magazine
Satellite data provide a new way to monitor groundwater aquifers in agricultural regions

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.

Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 Source: Stanford News
Stanford engineers use rocket science to make wastewater treatment sustainable

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.

Published: Monday, July 26, 2010 Source: Stanford News