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.

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.

June 06, 2019  | Water in the West  | News

Karly Chin

A new study analyzes patterns of urban irrigation and vegetation health during extreme drought. Its findings could inform urban water conservation and water infrastructure development under climate pressures.

June 04, 2019  | The Bill Lane Center for the American West  | Insights

Felicity Barringer


With new rules coming into effect, farmers and municipalities using groundwater must either find more water to support the aquifers or take cropland out of use. To ease the pain, engineers are looking to harness an unconventional and unwieldy source of water: the torrential storms that sometimes blast across the Pacific Ocean and soak California.

May 29, 2019  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

New web portal examines, compares and explains the permitting process of groundwater pumping across seven U.S. states.

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.

May 02, 2019  | Water in the West  | Insights

Bea Gordon, Kim Quesnel, Perrine Hamel, Jordy Wolfand


A deep dive into how researchers across Stanford are working on green infrastructure to tackle major issues like climate change, urbanization and aging infrastructure.

April 18, 2019  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

Novel solution provides insight on intrusion of ocean saltwater into freshwater aquifers.

April 17, 2019  | Water in the West  | News

Megan Glatzel

New report informs local agencies on avoiding water quality degradation under California’s historic groundwater law.

April 10, 2019  | Stanford News  | News

Josie Garthwaite

Overpumping in California’s Central Valley has depleted groundwater storage capacity and caused the land to sink. A new model based on remote sensing data could help zero in on where water managers can replenish aquifers by flooding fields.