Water in the West bridges the gap between research and practice to create and promote effective solutions for more sustainable water management in the American West.
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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.
Water scarcity brings tremendous challenges to achieving sustainable development of water resources, food, and energy security, as these sectors are often in competition, especially during drought. Overcoming these challenges requires balancing trade-offs between sectors and improving resilience to drought impacts. An under-appreciated factor in managing the water-food-energy (WFE) nexus is the increased value of solar and wind energy (SWE). Here we develop a trade-off frontier framework to quantify the water sustainability value of SWE through a case study in California.
Stanford researchers have examined innovative financing models in the electricity sector, which started the transition nearly twenty years ago from a purely centralized system to a hybrid model that includes distributed energy such as wind and solar, to draw applicable lessons for the water sector.
Featured Events, Workshops & Dialogues
Please join us for an Environmental Forum with Anita Milman, Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Program on Water in the West and Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Environmental Forum | Assessment of Sustainable Hydropower Development: Alternatives for the Mekong River Basin
Please join us for an Environmental Forum with Gregory Thomas, founder and CEO of the Natural Heritage Institute.
Seminar: A 'Moneyball' Approach to Closing the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Finance Gap: InfraTech, Data, and Financial Innovation
Please join us at our Water in the West seminar on July 19, 2019 at 11:00 am in Y2E2 300. Peter Adriaens, Director of the Center for Digital Infrastructure Finance and Professor of Engineering, Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will be presenting "A 'Moneyball' Approach to...
Our series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.Read more