Watershed Health & Allocation

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.

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What's New

February 14, 2022

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.

March 08, 2021

Stanford postdoctoral scholar Philip Womble examines whether proposed changes to water rights laws alleviate obstacles to more efficient and affordable water market transactions.

In Focus

Environmental Water Transactions in the Colorado River Basin: A Closer Look 

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.

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In the Media

February 14, 2022
Governing

An op-ed in Governing from Felicia Marcus explores options to leverage natural systems to improve water quality and supplies, enhance biodiversity and blunt the ravages of wildfires.

August 21, 2021
economist.com

Newsha Ajami discusses how century-old laws and policies that govern water allocation and use in the West exacerbate the effects of climate change.

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