A joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Water in the West marshals the resources of one of the world’s preeminent research institutions to address one of the most urgent questions about the West’s future—how can the region continue to thrive despite growing water scarcity? Learn more about our approach in this short video.
This Research Brief is based on "Tapping Into Alternative Ways to Fund Innovative and Multi-Purpose Water Projects: A Financing Framework from the Electricity Sector," a 2016 report issued by Water in the West program and the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center, Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIT).
Stanford researcher Newsha Ajami testifies at the California Senate Natural Resource and Water oversight hearing on "Assessing California's Chronically Under Funded Water Needs: Options for Moving Forward."
Stanford researchers apply lessons learned from the electricity sector to the water sector, uncovering specific tools that have been used to fund and implement distributed energy projects. Through this exploration they create a financing and governance framework, highlighting mechanism applicable to the water sector.
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.
Water stakeholders and federal officials proposed new ideas to shape the federal government’s role in drought resilience during an interagency White House symposium held in Washington, D.C. Stanford water law experts Buzz Thompson and Leon Szeptycki were invited to produce two discussion papers framing dialogue at the event. Their papers addressed two broad issues related to the role of federal agencies in preparing for, managing, and responding to droughts. This paper delves into approaches for leveraging investments and innovation by the private sector, and state and local governments.
Water stakeholders and federal officials proposed new ideas to shape the federal government’s role in drought resilience during an interagency White House symposium held in Washington, D.C. Stanford water law experts Buzz Thompson and Leon Szeptycki were invited to produce two discussion papers framing dialogue at the event. Their papers addressed two broad issues related to the role of federal agencies in preparing for, managing, and responding to droughts. This paper outlines strategies and programs for developing drought resilience on a watershed scale, and the federal government’s role in coordinating the numerous government agencies that have a role in managing and providing water.
Water issues are rarely simple. At the global scale, water is at the focus of a powerful multifaceted challenge. Demands for both consumptive and nonconsumptive uses are growing, while climate change is at the same time decreasing availability in some places and increasing risks of heavy precipitation in many others.
Challenges inherent in humanity’s use of water continue to grow with changes in weather, climate and population. As guest editors of the journal Dædalus, Stanford Professors Anna Michalak and Chris Field frame these challenges within a context of the decisions they call for and the emerging opportunities they offer.
Opportunities lie along a predictable path toward new technological solutions to reinvent urban water supply. The authors examine examples of cities’ past adaptations of technologies for desalination, stormwater use, water recycling, and potable water reuse, in the American West and Australia. They share observations of the processes and policies that encourage transitions to resilient urban water supplies.