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

April 18, 2017

Financing for water projects and aging infrastructure is critically needed but hard to come by. Stanford researchers highlight innovative approaches with a “Living Map” of case studies around the country.

March 28, 2017

Stanford’s Water in the West program ranks states in the Colorado River Basin on their use of and support for a legal tool enabling water rights holders to voluntarily transfer their water to benefit the environment.

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

April 17, 2017
Water Deeply

Q & A with Executive Director, Leon Szeptycki, on water rights transfers and our recent publication "Colorado River Basin Environmental Water Transfers Scorecard".

April 15, 2017
The Mercury News

Director of Urban Water Policy, Newsha Ajami and discusses desalination of brackish groundwater in California.

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