Water in the West bridges the gap between research and practice to create and promote effective solutions for more sustainable water management in the American West.
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A joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Water in the West marshals the resources of one of the world’s preeminent research institutions to address one of the most urgent questions about the West’s future—how can the region continue to thrive despite growing water scarcity? Learn more about our approach in this short video.
This paper combines historical evidence with national-level climate and socioeconomic projections to quantify the economic damages associated with the United Nations (UN) targets of 1.5 °C and 2 °C global warming, and those associated with current UN national-level mitigation commitments. They found that by the end of this century, there is a more than 75% chance that limiting warming to 1.5 °C would reduce economic damages relative to 2 °C, and a more than 60% chance that the accumulated global benefits will exceed US$20 trillion under a 3% discount rate (2010 US dollars).
Based on a synthesis of the published literature, this article examines tribal Water Quality Standards (WQSs) as a case of tribal environmental self‐determination. The author discusses how U.S. tribes pursue WQSs under Treatment as a State provisions, program outcomes, and why so few tribes have established WQSs to date. Because most scholarship was found within the legal literature, the author focuses on the legal and political outcomes that arise from tribal WQSs, and analyzes specific opportunities and constraints for program participants.
Featured Events, Workshops & Dialogues
Dissertation Defense: Patricia Gonzales-- "Coordinating Regional Water Management to Enable Innovation and Prompt Collective Action"
Stanford University’s Water in the West and School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and the University of California, Davis co-hosted an Uncommon Dialogue on groundwater quality under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Aimée Craft will join us to speak about community-engaged research focusing on sustainable water governance and indigenous law.
Our series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.Read more