Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Freshwater

Cape Town, South Africa

Running Out of Water: Cape Town, the U.S., and Drought »

February 7, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa—a modern city of nearly 4 million residents—is on the brink of running out of water. Law expert Buzz Thompson (who has spent time in South Africa, including...

By Sharon Driscoll, Stanford Law School

Study data collectors measure a child’s growth in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to assess impact of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

Surprising Sanitation Findings »

January 29, 2018

Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development,...

By Rachel Leslie, Stanford News Service

A Cap-And-Trade System of Water Conservation and Resiliency? »

January 24, 2018

New research proposes a regional and collective management approach to water resources based on realities of supply and demand.

By Sarah Derouin, Water in the West

Mikael Wolfe

History Lessons on Environmental Technology »

January 9, 2018

A Stanford historian argues that our sense of the past and present is more comprehensive when nature and technology are viewed as interdependent rather than in opposition. He applied...

By Alex Shashkevich, Stanford News Service

New Research at AGU 2017 »

December 8, 2017

Woods fellows, affiliates, students, and researchers join scientists from across the nation and the world at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How close is too close for hydraulic fracturing? »

November 27, 2017

New research finds hydraulic fracturing wells and domestic wells are found closer together than expected.

By Sarah Derouin, Water in the West

Link between media attention to drought and water savings »

October 25, 2017

With a new web-scraping and search algorithm and real water utility data, Stanford researchers have shown a relationship between media coverage of the recent historic California...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Stanford student Victoria Mendez visiting an organic dairy farm as part of her work on agricultural conservation easements for the California Department of Conservation.

Connecting Local Knowledge with Environmental Policy »

October 4, 2017

Stanford undergraduates gain hands-on experience with environmental policy work through unique internship program at California state agencies.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

High and Dry: Homeowners More Heavily Impacted by Historic Drought »

September 28, 2017

A new study reveals homeowners were more at risk of losing water from dry wells in California’s Central Valley during the state’s record-breaking drought.

By Devon Ryan, Water in the West

Seeing is Believing: Stanford Researchers Visualize California's Drought »

September 18, 2017

Web portal puts four years of California drought data into an interactive format, showing where regions met or missed water conservation goals. The idea is to motivate awareness and...

By Devon Ryan, Water in the West

rescuer in boat in Houston flooding

Stanford Experts on Hurricane Harvey Impacts »

September 1, 2017

Stanford experts comment on how climate change and infrastructure planning contribute to the severity of impacts from extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A Bedouin man prays in arid eastern Jordan.

Jordan Faces More Frequent Long and Severe Droughts »

August 30, 2017

Jordan is among the world’s most water-poor nations, and a new, comprehensive analysis of regional drought and land-use changes in upstream Syria suggests the conditions could get...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Q&A with Leon Szeptycki: Climate change & water in the West »

August 7, 2017

Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Stanford’s Water in the West program, discusses the challenges and responses to managing water in a changing climate.

By Devon Ryan, Water in the West

New Tool for Planning Groundwater Recharge »

August 4, 2017

Stanford environmental engineers have developed a planning tool called AquaCharge that helps urban water utilities develop efficient and cost-effective systems to replenish aquifers.

By Edmund Andrews, Stanford News Service

wind turbines

Collaboration Meets Innovation »

July 19, 2017

Stanford funding kickstarts research aimed at developing a range of transformative environmental solutions.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

“Living Map” of Innovative Water Financing Ideas »

April 18, 2017

Financing for water projects and aging infrastructure is critically needed but hard to come by. Stanford researchers highlight innovative approaches with a “Living Map” of case...

By Devon Ryan, Water in the West

Newly planted almond trees

Groundwater Over-Pumping is Reducing Ability to Store Water »

April 12, 2017

Over-pumping groundwater has drastically and permanently reduced the water storage capabilities of land in the San Joaquin Valley, one of California’s most important farming areas.

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Stanford Law Professor Deborah Sivas

Legal Expert on President Trump’s Environmental Plan »

March 30, 2017

In Q&A, Woods Senior Fellow Deborah Sivas discusses legal implications of Trump administration's moves on environmental policy.

By Sharon Driscoll, Deborah A. Sivas, Stanford Law School

Flaming Gorge in Wyoming.

Ranking Colorado River Basin States on Water Rights Transfers »

March 28, 2017

Stanford’s Water in the West program ranks states in the Colorado River Basin on their use of and support for a legal tool enabling water rights holders to voluntarily transfer their...

By Devon Ryan, Water in the West

flooding

Heavy California Rains Par for the Course for Climate Change »

March 21, 2017

Stanford climatologist Noah Diffenbaugh explains why heavy rains during a drought are to be expected for a state in the throes of climate change.

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences