Publications

September 28, 2015  | Reports

Leon Szeptycki, Julia Forgle, Elizabeth Hook, Kori Lorick, Philip Womble

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.

August 05, 2015  | Working Paper

Tara Moran, Ph.D., Dan Wendell

Stanford University’s Water in the West program, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy of California, hosted an Uncommon Dialogue with groundwater managers, state officials, special interest groups, legal and policy experts, technical experts, land use planners, facilitators, and researchers to discuss the changing landscape of groundwater management in California. This report is informed by discussion from the Uncommon Dialogue.

July 15, 2015  | Working Paper

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.

July 15, 2015  | Working Paper

Leon Szeptycki, Jerry Hatfield, Wayne Honeycutt, David Raff

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.

July 10, 2015  | Working Paper

Christopher B. Field, Anna M. Michalak

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.

July 10, 2015  | Working Paper

Anna M. Michalak, Christopher B. Field

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.

July 10, 2015  | Working Paper

Richard Luthy, David L. Sedlak

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.

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

June 30, 2015  | Working Paper

Andrew Fahlund, Min L. Janny Choy, Leon Szeptycki

This paper provides insights into how western water management is shaped and is shaping the Western United States today and in the near future, with a focus on what has changed over the last 15 years.

May 27, 2015  | Working Paper

Tara Moran, Ph.D., Adam Pidlisecky, Brad Hansen, Rosemary Knight

A 6.8-km electrical resistivity profile maps subsurface geology and the distribution of saltwater intrusion along the Monterey coast.

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