Stanford researchers collaborate through Water in the West to find a balance between the water needs of cities and agricultural interests and those of wildlife and the outdoor recreation sector.
Water in the West seeks to address a central question: can we satisfy growing urban demand for water, maintain existing agricultural production, and sustain rural communities, while at the same time restoring rivers and protecting a growing recreational economy? Allocating water and water rights to accomplish these goals will require better science, policies, practices, and decision-making. Our interdisciplinary work strives to find solutions to the difficult problem of preserving rivers and streams while supplying adequate water to cities, farms and ranches.
A new report from Water in the West contributes to an ongoing assessment by taking a closer look at recent environmental transfer activity in each the five states making up the vast majority of the Colorado River watershed (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) and details the total number of environmental water transactions in each of these states between 2014 and 2018.