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.

December 08, 2019  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

Kent Mendoza, Devon Ryan

November 06, 2019  | Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University  | News

B. Rose Kelly

A new study by postdoctoral scholar Xiaogang He and researchers at Princeton in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability.

November 01, 2019  | Woods Institute   | News

Devon Ryan

Despite statewide devastation from wildfires, a new poll conducted by the Bill Lane Center for the American West shows Californians are still reluctant to subsidize wildfire prevention or support relocating communities at risk.

October 17, 2019  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

Michelle Horton

A new and ambitious research project looks to develop affordable devices to recycle most of the water we now throw away, as well as to desalinate saltwater. The project’s research director describes the project’s vision and operation.

October 08, 2019  | Water in the West  | Insights

Michelle Horton

Water governance expert and Landreth Visiting Fellow Anita Milman, discusses keys to successful groundwater governance, implications toward achieving water security and her research at Stanford. 

September 03, 2019  | Water in the West  | Insights

Michelle Horton

In the face of climate impacts, aging infrastructure, growing populations and depleted groundwater, a diverse water portfolio may quench the thirst of California’s future water needs.

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.