Water

New plant tests energy-saving way to treat wastewater

A new wastewater treatment plant under construction in Redwood Shores will be the largest to test Stanford-developed technology that significantly reduces the cost of cleaning water. The key: bacteria that eschew oxygen while producing burnable methane.

Students explore the complexities of creating energy

Students who joined the Sophomore College course Water and Power in the Pacific Northwest: The Columbia River traveled to the Columbia River valley to understand the interplay between water, energy and human populations.

Swarms of tiny organisms churn ocean waters

Massive swarms of tiny oceanic organisms like krill create enough turbulence when they migrate to redistribute ocean waters – an effect that may influence everything from distribution of ocean nutrients to climate models.

Stanford Law —

Running out of water: Cape Town, the U.S., and drought

Water law expert Buzz Thompson (who has spent time in South Africa including teaching “South African Water Policy” at the Stanford program in Cape Town in 2015, right as the drought was starting)  discusses our most important resource – water.

Media attention to drought produced water savings

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 drought and household water savings.

Change behaviors by changing perception of normal

In a study, people ate less meat and conserved more water when they thought those behaviors reflected how society is changing. The findings could point to new ways of encouraging other behavior changes.

New portal for exploring California’s drought

A new 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 conservation.

The future of water in the West

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

Mapping groundwater from the air

Low-flying helicopters help map underground freshwater resources and forecast saltwater intrusion along the Monterey Bay.