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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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).