News & Insights: Watershed Health & Allocation

Get insights and analysis from Water in the West researchers as well as the latest news about new Stanford water research and events focusing on western water issues.

September 06, 2022  | Water in the West  | News

Tom Johnson

The San Joaquin Valley Cooperative Action Project, a broad-based coalition representing diverse groups of water users, seeks to change how the valley uses water.

August 18, 2022  | Water in the West  | News

Tom Johnson

Felicia Marcus discusses how states can utilize nature-based solutions to help meet climate targets and water objectives while enjoying multiple other benefits.

February 14, 2022  |  | Insights

Felicia Marcus, Jill Ozarski

There are successful models for leveraging natural systems to improve water quality and supplies, enhance biodiversity and blunt the ravages of wildfires. There’s even something we can learn from beavers.

March 08, 2021  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

Stanford postdoctoral scholar Philip Womble examines whether proposed changes to water rights laws alleviate obstacles to more efficient and affordable water market transactions.

August 31, 2020  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

As California works to sustainably manage groundwater resources, new research identifies how scientifically informed coordination between conservation and farming communities can benefit both.

January 27, 2020  | Stanford Earth  | News

Danielle Torrent Tucker

By analyzing more than two decades of data in the western U.S., scientists have shown that flood sizes increase exponentially as a higher fraction of precipitation falls as rain, offering insight into how flood risks may change in a warming world with less snow.

August 21, 2019  | Water in the West  | Insights

Jose Bolorinos

Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin watershed reform holds valuable lessons for policy makers grappling with environmental repercussions of extreme drought.

May 22, 2019  | Water in the West  | News

Megan Glatzel

New research finds one drought can amplify or cause another. Decreased moisture recycling and transport impacts how droughts form and move across continents.

May 10, 2019  | Woods Institute for the Environment  | Insights

Karly Chin


California struggles to deliver safe drinking water to millions of residents. The challenges – often complex issues at the interface of human, legislative, technical, and geological dimensions – resist easy answers. Stanford experts explored possible ways forward at a recent panel discussion in Sacramento.

February 14, 2019  | Stanford News  | News

Michelle Horton

Landreth Visiting Fellow, Timothy Quinn and Leon Szeptycki explain the potential impacts on the future of water in California of the proposed plan to downsize the $17 billion Delta twin tunnels project.