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.
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.
Scarcity — across the West and elsewhere increasingly — the issue about water is whether there is enough of it. Some suggest California could be “out of water” in 12 months. How threatening is the current drought? And what do we do about it? Speakers: Noah Diffenbaugh,James Famiglietti, David M. Kennedy (Moderator), Pete McBride, Pat Mulroy, William Phillimore, Buzz Thompson
Water in the West's new strategic plan, which shares the program's vision, mission, and priorities, was completed in May 2014 and is now available.
This is a survey article examining the status and trends of some key water issues in the Western United States. It was written for a special western edition of the California Journal of Politics and Policy published in January 2014.
Water in the West Presentation