California Groundwater Briefing, Groundwater Monitoring, Bill Blomquist
Fall 2016 

Groundwater Briefing: Findings & Implications for the Future of CA Water

Scholars working with Water in the West discussed recent research on groundwater and the implications for the future of California’s water. The panel informed policy and decision makers on such issues as implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water quality and availability, and new data collection techniques. More ...

High Quality Groundwater Data Isn’t Always Easy or Cheap, But It Is Necessary

Groundwater levels data are critically important to understanding aquifer health and the gold standard for obtaining them is through the use of dedicated monitoring wells. However, a new Insight from Janny Choy discusses how production wells are an important source of data that is easier to access. More ...

Water is Politics: Q&A with Stanford’s Landreth Visiting Fellow Bill Blomquist

Bill Blomquist, an expert on water institutions and management, has joined the Stanford University community as a Landreth Visiting Fellow working with Water in the West. More …

In The News


How California Could Reinvent the Water Sector

Water Deeply | July 4, 2016
Newsha Ajami explains in an op-ed in Water Deeply that the California drought is not over and the state has the chance to lead the nation by devoting more resources to funding innovation and research, and diversifying its portfolio with more water reuse, greywater, stormwater capture, efficiency and conservation.

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When It Comes to Water, We Need All the Data We Can Get

The Desert Sun | July 23, 2016
The Desert Sun's Ian James reported on a study of deep groundwater information by Robert Jackson and interviewed Tara Moran about a report she co-authored surveying groundwater managers and stakeholders throughout California about their data needs.

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The Price of Water Conservation – Using Less and Paying More

Water Deeply | September 26, 2016
Ironically, people who conserve more water are seeing their water rates go up. In an Op-ed for Water Deeply, Richard G. Luthy explains that it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Experts to Watch on California's Groundwater & Water Rights

Water Deeply | October 12, 2016
Five Water in the West researchers were named in Water Deeply's "Experts to Watch" series: Esther ConradTara MoranBarton "Buzz" Thompson, Newsha Ajami, and Richard Luthy.

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In Print

Benefits and Economic Costs of Managed Aquifer Recharge

Although there is no single solution to increasing California’s resiliency to drought and to achieving sustainable groundwater management, managed aquifer recharge (MAR) projects will play an important role in helping the newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under SGMA achieve their sustainability goals.

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New Assessment Tools for Water Vulnerability

Tools to identify regions that face a risk of water-related conflict or disruption are still rudimentary. More sophisticated models are needed to fully understand the regional and country by country risks of water vulnerability by taking into account not only water stress, but factors such as infrastructure and governance. 

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On the Road

Drought and Groundwater Experts Meet the Press

Newsha Ajami was a speaker at the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference on September 24 in Sacramento on the panel "Water in a Time of Scarcity: Adapting to Drought". Tara Moran discussed the need for consistent data across California at the panel "Groundwater: Making it Count".
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Colorado River Basin Water Markets

Leon Szeptycki presented at the Colorado River Water Transaction Workshop on September 7 in Grand Junction, Colorado which focused on environmental water markets and was hosted by the River Network. 
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What We Are Reading

Community Voices: The Making and Meaning of the Xáxli’p Community Forest 
by Sibyl Diver

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