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Stanford professor developing water usage model that could help California meet conservation goals

Stanford economist Frank Wolak is creating a customer-level water demand model that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules in drought-ridden California.

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Source: Stanford News Service
California Drought Threatens Even Oldest Water Rights

California's first come, first served, water-rights system is about to be tested. Prof Barton "Buzz" Thompson weighs in.

Published: Thursday, May 14, 2015 Source: MarketPlace
Sustainability group highlights drought: Seminar attracts experts, public to discuss county water issues

Newsha Ajami speaks about water pricing options, California’s policies and what is needed for long-term water security at Sustainable San Mateo County's Indicators Launch Event.

Published: Friday, May 1, 2015 Source: The Daily Journal
Water-wasting fines of $10,000 proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown

Leon Szeptycki: Gov. Brown’s proposed fines for egregious water wasters are an effort to get people’s attention to reduce water use.

Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Source: San Jose Mercury News
Lessons from Australia's 17-year Drought

As California continues to deal with a drought, a study predicts that the state will only get dryer. How will it adapt? Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Rebecca Nelson, a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Law, about policies and laws that Australia put in place during its 17-year drought.

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Source: Here and Now
Drying Up: The Race to Save California From Drought

Newsha Ajami on the factors affecting the cost of desalination.

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Source: Newsweek
'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
California Should Speed Up Groundwater Conservation

Rebecca Nelson proposes that California accelerate its 20-year timetable for achieving sustainable groundwater management.

Published: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Source: NY Times
How California can survive the drought

Leon Szeptycki tells Nature that maintaining the state’s groundwater reserves is the key to surviving dry times ahead.

Published: Monday, April 6, 2015 Source: Nature News
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