Sustainable Groundwater

Through interdisciplinary research and engagement with water sector stakeholders, we identify and develop solutions for more effective groundwater management and policy.

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What's New

September 20, 2018

New report informs local agencies on how to avoid inadvertent threats to surface water as defined by new California groundwater law.

September 18, 2018

New website provides a one-stop shop for information on California’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

In Focus

Groundwater Data Workshop Series

Stanford University’s Water in the West Program and The Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, in conjunction with the California State University Sacramento’s Center for Collaborative Policy are hosting a four-part Groundwater Data Workshop Series.

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Understanding Groundwater

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.

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June 27, 2016

After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, California is on the cusp of a new era due to historic groundwater legislation. However, meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford’s Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School.

In the Media

October 17, 2018
Business Insider

A study on overpumping groundwater leading to increased arsenic concentrations by Scott Fendorf, Rosemary Knight and Ryan Smith is cited.

July 18, 2018
Water in the West

Coverage of the new study by Scott Fendorf and Rosemary Knight looking into arsenic in groundwater. Scott Fendorf is quoted.

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