Most Western water treaties are antiquated, and fail to anticipate some of the changing conditions that now affect their implementation - population shifts, economic transformation, new technologies, ecological concerns, climate change. How will these compacts hold up to these emerging influences? What does the future hold for managing transboundary rivers?

On April 17, Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute and The Bill Lane Center for the American West presented a panel of experts to provide perspectives on the past, present, and future of interstate compacts in the management of rivers and water in the west. Panelists included Stanford Woods Institute Perry L. McCarty Director Buzz Thompson, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and Assistant Attorney General for the state of Kansas Burke Griggs. Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Water in the West, moderated the panel. More information.