GSA Formation Status, Groundwater Modeling, Groundwater Survey Update, Felicity Barringer
Winter 2017

Who Will Manage California's Groundwater Basins?

In California, thousands of local agencies and stakeholders are working to form agencies responsible for managing high- and medium-priority groundwater basins before the June 30, 2017 deadline set by the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). A new report highlights the political and logistical challenges of the governance process and strategies that local agencies are using to navigate them. More...

Groundwater Data in California: Insights from Professionals and Stakeholders

The length and intensity of California’s recent drought has caused declining groundwater levels, loss of groundwater dependent ecosystems, drying of domestic wells and numerous other impacts. A survey of groundwater managers shows what data is most needed to improve water planning in the face of drought.  More...

Modeling Groundwater: Key Step for Implementing Landmark CA Water Bill 

With SGMA implementation underway, a new report recommends a framework for developing groundwater models, critical tools for long-term water management planning. More…

The State of the West: Q&A With Environmental Reporter Felicity Barringer

The West’s iconic open spaces, mighty rivers and jagged mountains hold powerful values and meanings for people. Through a newly launched blog at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, former New York Times environmental correspondent Felicity Barringer explores people’s connections to Western water, landscapes and other resources. The news blog, & the West, combines research with journalism and features reports, interviews and analysis on the future of California and the North American West.  More...

In The News


Meet the Minds: Newsha Ajami on Innovation in the Water Sector

Water Deeply | November 2, 2016
California helped to reinvent the energy sector, and now the drought is providing a perfect opportunity to help the state break out of its old structure for managing and funding water, says Stanford University’s Newsha Ajami.

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Stanford Takes Crack at Studying Central Coast Aquifer Seawater Intrusion

The Mercury News | November 3, 2016
Rosemary Knight featured in article discussing using geophysical imaging to map saltwater intrusion along the California Coastline.

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California Case Could Set National Precedent on Indian Water Rights

Water Deeply | November 29, 2016
Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, explains how a federal court could soon resolve century-old uncertainties about Native American tribes' rights to groundwater in the Auga Caliente tribe's case in Palm Springs.

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Turning Stormwater from Gray to Green

Bay Area Monitor | December 1, 2016
Newsha Ajami is quoted discussing benefits of green infrastructure for water issues.

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Status Update: How California Is Doing at Managing Its Groundwater

Water Deeply | December 14, 2016
Esther Conrad discusses how the current status of implementing California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

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Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Imperial Valley News | December 20, 2016
Leon Szeptycki was appointed to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation Board of Directors.

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In Print

Governing for Integrated Water and Flood Risk Management: Comparing Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches in Spain and California

Esther Conrad co-authored a paper looking at flood risk management in the larger context of Integrated Water Resource Management.  The paper weighs "top-down" flood risk management approaches in the Catalan coastal region of Spain against "bottom-up" management approaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.   

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Local Groundwater Withdrawl Permitting Laws in the South-Western U.S.: California in Comparative Context

Debra Perrone co-authored a paper that examines California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) against six other permitting schemes in the southwestern United States.  The paper highlights thematic links between existing permitting schemes and extracts relevant findings that could help to inform California's groundwater management policy moving forward. 

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On the Road

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 38th Annual Fall Research Conference: The Role of Research Making Government More Effective

Fall 2016 Landreth Visiting Fellow, Bill Blomquist presented research co-authored by Water in the West researchers on "Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act with Lessons from Existing Groundwater Management Institutions" at the APPAM Fall Research Conference held in Washington, D.C. 

Sustainable Silicon Valley Winter Water Workshop

Newsha Ajami spoke at the Sustainable Silicon Valley Water Winter Water Workshop about opportunities for funding and financing a range of general and onsite water reuse initiatives.  In addition to providing an overview of possible solutions, the talk focused on overcoming barriers and hurdles to implementing reuse initiatives. 

White House Council on Environmental Quality 2016 Water Data Challenge

Newsha Ajami, and Kim Quesnel, and Patricia Gonzalez were named finalists in the Water Data Challenge, a partnership between the State of California and the White House Council on Environmental Quality designed to leverage information technology and available water information to support decisions around California water reliability and sustainability of resources.

American Geophysical Union 

Rosemary Knight, Debra Perrone, Kim Quesnel, and Patricia Gonzales, all presented their research at the 2016 AGU Conference in San Francisco.  

From Bridges to Education: Best Bets for Public Investment

Newsha Ajami discussed water infrastructure at the Brooking's event From Bridges to Education: Best Bets for Public Investment.

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