News & Insights

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.

July 07, 2022  | Capitol Weekly  | Insights

Felicia Marcus discusses how the California Environmental Quality Act can help address the state's infrastructure shortcomings while minimizing impacts on communities and the environment.

June 02, 2022  | Stanford Earth Matters Magazine  | News

Josie Garthwaite

A Stanford University study simulates 65 years of land subsidence, or sinking, caused by groundwater depletion in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The results suggest significant sinking may continue for centuries after water levels stop declining but could slow within a few years if aquifers recover.

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.

December 15, 2021  | Stanford Law School  | News

Sharon Driscoll, Diana Leonard

Stanford research looks at drought, wildfires and smoke and the growing risks of climate change in the Golden State.

October 27, 2021  | Water in the West  | News

Rob Jordan

Stanford water experts discuss lessons learned from previous droughts, imperatives for infrastructure investment and pathways for the state to achieve dramatically better conservation and reuse of its most precious resource.

April 26, 2021  | Smart Water Magazine  | News

An op-ed in Smart Water Magazine from Newsha Ajami outlines three transformation ideas to consider as communities rebound from the pandemic, address recent infrastructure failures and plan for the future.

April 21, 2021  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

Using a new computer framework, scientists are able to project future floodwaters under a changing climate. The approach could help California water managers plan for and redirect floodwaters toward groundwater aquifers, alleviating both flood and drought risks.

April 08, 2021  | CalMatters  | News

While California’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act promised comprehensive protection of the state’s groundwater, significant gaps remain in its coverage.

March 23, 2021  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

Naming priorities such as better land management, an evolved portfolio of 21st-century solutions and more funding for research and development, Stanford experts highlight areas central to success as the Biden-Harris administration aims its sights on safeguarding U.S. drinking water.

March 22, 2021  | Program on Water, Health & Development  | News

Michelle Horton

Stanford researchers are revealing water’s many - and sometimes surprising - benefits.