JUNE 2015
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Dear Friends of Water in the West,

We are pleased to announce the launch of our monthly email update. Our goal is to keep our readers informed and engaged in Stanford research, programs, events, and analysis related to western water issues.  

Please get in touch with feedback or suggestions for topics to cover in future updates by emailing: If you no longer wish to receive the monthly update, please click here.

Thank you,

Leon Szeptycki
Executive Director

Debunking Water Myths

The West has a water problem: the ongoing drought looks like the new normal. Landreth Visiting Scholar Anne Castle discusses our water future and dispels some persistent myths about solutions to water shortages. More…

7 Lessons in Groundwater Management from the Grand Canyon State

Although California is in its fourth year of drought, other parts of the West have been coping with water shortages for decades.  Arizona was the first state to pass groundwater regulations in 1980.  Here are seven lessons learned that can help California and other states implement groundwater management. (Photo Credit: USGS) More…

Helping Cities Conserve Water with Tiered Water Pricing

Stanford economist Frank Wolak is creating a customer-level water demand model that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules in drought-ridden California. (Photo Credit: Sadi Utra) More…

In The News

California's Drought and Our Food System

Kojo Njamdi Show | May 27, 2015
Listen to Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor of Earth System Science and a fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, talk about climate change, the California drought, and our food system.

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California Drought Threatens Even Oldest Water Rights

MarketPlace | May 14, 2015
Professor Barton "Buzz" Thompson talks about California's ongoing drought and what that might mean for senior water rights holders.

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Sao Paulo Drought Perception Impedes Government Action

Circle of Blue | May 4, 2015 
Newsha K. Ajami discusses the importance of public perception in a drought.

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In Print

A Review of the United States' Past and Present Projected Water Use

A review by Debra Perrone, postdoctoral fellow with Water in the West, on U.S. water-use estimates and projections to understand the limitations of using available data and to identify past trends for projections of freshwater withdrawals.  Co-Authors: Vanderbilt, ETH Zurich and European Commission Joint Research Centre

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On The Road

Watch Newsha K. Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy with Water in the West and ReNUWIt, spoke about water pricing options, current and recent state policies and what is needed for long-term water security during the Sustainable San Mateo's Spring 2015 Indicators Launch and Lunch event. More…

What We Are Reading

"Global Change and the Groundwater Management Challenge" by Steve Gorelick, Cyrus F. Tolman, Professor in the Department of Earth System Science, and Chunmiao Zheng More…

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