Watershed Health

Water in the West seeks to address a central question: can we satisfy growing urban demand for water, maintain existing agricultural production, and sustain rural communities, while at the same time restoring rivers and protecting a growing recreational economy? Allocating water and water rights to accomplish these goals will require better science, policies, practices, and decision-making. Our interdisciplinary work strives to find solutions to the difficult problem of preserving rivers and streams while supplying adequate water to cities, farms and ranches.

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.

July 27, 2017

Researchers are exploring how decisions aimed at managing fire in forest landscapes affect water flows for people and nature.

In Focus

Environmental Water Rights Transfers: A Review of State Laws

A new report from Water in the West explores how Western states can increase water rights transfers to maintain healthy flows for ecosystems while benefiting water rights holders.

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In the Media

April 24, 2017
Stanford News

Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute, Noah Diffenbaugh and his research group have developed a framework for testing whether global warming has contributed to particular extreme weather events.

April 18, 2017
Peninsula Press

Senior Woods Fellow, Noah Diffenbaugh discusses our current water system, climate change and the impacts it will have on precipitation in California.