More comprehensive tools are needed for identifying nations and regions facing serious risks of water vulnerability. This brief describes an approach that provides a path to such identification by considering not only water demand and supply, but also infrastructure and institutional factors.
On Sept 27, 2016, Stanford experts met in Sacramento for a briefing on California's critical groundwater supply hosted by Water in the West. Panelists included: Leon Szeptycki, Executive Director of Water in the West, Rob Jackson, Professor at Stanford University, Rosemary Knight, Professor at Stanford University, and Tara Moran, Sustainable Groundwater Program Lead with Water in the West.
Although there is no single solution to increasing California’s resiliency to drought and to achieving sustainable groundwater management, managed aquifer recharge (MAR) projects will play an important role in helping the newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under SGMA to achieve their sustainability goals.
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, historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a new report by Water in the West & the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School.
From the Ground Down - Supplemental Appendices