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 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.

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.

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

May 08, 2017
WaterWorld Weekly

Newscast highlights recent work on Water in the West Living Map project, which compiles water financing ideas from around the country.

May 05, 2017
Water Deeply

Q & A with Newsha Ajami on innovative ways to finance water infrastructure projects and the "living map" she created for people to share their case studies.

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