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About Water in the West

July 11, 2016  | Videos
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Water in the West

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.

Toward Sustainable Groundwater

June 27, 2016  | Videos

Water in the West

After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, California is on the cusp of a new era due to historic groundwater legislation. However, meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford’s Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School.

March 08, 2016  | Videos

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."

July 02, 2015  | Videos

Barton "Buzz" Thompson, David M. Kennedy, Noah Diffenbaugh

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

May 12, 2015  | Videos

Newsha Ajami at the Spring 2015 Indicators Launch & Lunch event on April 30 discussing water pricing options, current/recent state policies and what's needed for long-term water security.

California Drought Panel - March 4, 2015

March 17, 2015  | Videos

Leon Szeptycki, Barton "Buzz" Thompson, Daniel Swain, Tom Zigterman

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.

January 13, 2015  | Videos

Now that voters have approved a water bond and state government has moved forward on groundwater reform, what are the next steps state legislators plan to take? State Senators Jean Fuller and Lois Wolk and Assemblymembers Marc Levine and Anthony Rendon discuss their water policy priorities with moderator Barton “Buzz” Thompson of the Stanford Law School and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. This is part of a series of videos from Managing Drought, an event sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

April 21, 2014  | Videos

Water in the West

Water in the West and partners convened a panel of experts with extensive experience in interstate river disputes to provide perspectives on the past, present, and future of interstate compacts in the management of rivers and water in the west at the Stanford Law School on April 17, 2014.

February 28, 2014  | Videos

Water in the West

California is in the midst of a historic drought. 2013 was the driest year since the state began keeping records 150 years ago, and this is the third driest year in a row. We began 2014 with record-low snowpack and reservoir levels. Newspaper headlines have been stark, warning of communities using their last months of water, zero deliveries from the state water project and rivers closed to fishing. Recent rains have not changed the fundamental situation: California is facing severe, perhaps unprecedented, water shortages.  How bad is California’s drought and what are state officials likely to do about it? How will it affect agriculture, cities, homeowners, businesses and the Stanford campus?

Woods Institute on Freshwater Initiative

January 29, 2013  | Videos
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Jeff Koseff presents an overview of the Stanford Woods Institute's Freshwater Initiative.

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