Water Allocation & Management

Efforts to rationally manage water in the West – allocating water to the most valuable uses, both human and ecological – are hampered by a lack of data, fragmented governance, and the West’s rigid prior appropriation system. Water in the West conducts research to find paths to efficient water allocation.

  • Study water banks and other market-based mechanisms for improving flexibility of water allocation.
  • In partnership with ReNUWit, explore innovative policies to promote urban water efficiency, recycling, and management.
  • Study new models for water pricing and other market-based mechanisms for implementing water efficiency and other management goals.
What's New

August 07, 2017

Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Stanford’s Water in the West program, discusses the challenges and responses to managing water in a changing climate.

April 28, 2017
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Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact.

In Focus
March 4, 2015

Water in the West convened three experts to discuss the causes, policy implications and possible responses to California’s ongoing drought, including what a fourth year of drought will mean for the state.

In the Media

June 29, 2017
Water Online

Newsha Ajmai discusses innovative water financing and her living map.

June 01, 2017
Fontana Herald News

Director of Urban Water Policy, Newsha Ajami discusses water management's need to consider challenges such as climate change, population growth, stricter regulations, and aging infrastructure.

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