Sustainable Groundwater

Through interdisciplinary research and engagement with water sector stakeholders, our affiliated scholars have identified and developed solutions for more effective groundwater management and policy.

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What's New

June 05, 2023

Scientists have long suspected that the weight of snow and ice in nearby mountains could throw off groundwater assessments tied to elevation changes in California’s Central Valley, but they lacked a way to quantify the...

September 06, 2022

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.

In Focus

SGMA Reports

View our page highlighting SGMA research findings, reports and executive summaries intented to guide, troubleshoot and inform water managers working towards successful SGMA implementation. The resources have been categorized by the following topic areas: understanding SGMAimplementing SGMAleveraging data and addressing issues.


June 27, 2016


After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, California is on the cusp of a new era due to historic groundwater legislation. However, meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford’s Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School.



In the Media

September 22, 2023
NASA Applied Sciences

Profile on Rosemary Knight’s work to advance the use of geophysics for groundwater science and management

June 09, 2022

Rosemary Knight discusses using maps generated by pinging the ground with electromagnetic signals to locate ancient subterranean waterways that could serve as pathways to recharging depleted aquifers.