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Safety concerns at the Oroville Dam center on engineering and maintenance. But dams also face new challenges in managing water in an era when rains can be heavier, and less precipitation is falling as snow.

At the Knight-Risser Prize Symposium on Jan. 25, Ian James, an environment reporter for the Palm Springs based Desert Sun, talked about a growing crisis in groundwater supplies.

Water may be one of the most critical environmental issues for reporters to cover in years to come, said western water experts and journalists at the 2017 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium at Stanford University.

Tammy Frisby
For the fourth January in a row, we asked Californians to reflect on the state’s government, public policy, and politics, and what they think a Trump administration could mean for the Golden State.

Bruce Cain and the Hoover Institution's Bill Whalen look at the contentious relationship between Donald Trump and California and analyze a Hoover Golden State Poll that gauged Californians’ attitudes toward various aspects of the Trump agenda.

December 22, 2016 | Book
This analysis of governmental roles in water markets, alongside qualitative studies of California and Spain, offers valuable guidance to understand environmental markets and the challenges presented by water management in drought-prone regions.

What does this historic election mean for democratic norms and institutions in America? A post-election panel discussion with Stanford political scientists and legal analysts.

November 1, 2016 | Image Gallery
A tour of the pop-up exhibit from the Jack London Symposium – items from the Anderson family collection documenting the author's fascinating life.

October 19, 2016 | Image Gallery
London's reporting and photojournalism took him from the slums of East London to the battlefields of the Russo-Japanese War, and he provided some of the first eyewitness reporting on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Scholars talked about the life and legacy of novelist, journalist, photographer, and social activist Jack London. Video of the symposium at Stanford held Sept. 19, 2016.

Scholars working with Water in the West discussed their latest research on groundwater and the implications for the future of California’s water.

Mary Ellen Hannibal, Center Media Fellow
Here is a wide-ranging adventure in becoming a citizen scientist by an award-winning science writer. Hannibal traces today’s tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots.

Tara Moran, Amanda Cravens, Janet Martinez, Leon Szeptycki
Historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, says this new report by Water in the West.

May 16, 2016 | Book
Nicholas Bauch
One of the most remarkable wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon has become a symbol of the American West. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in America, and one of its earliest photographers was Henry G. Peabody.

The television writer Carrie Kemper (American Studies, '06) spoke to Shelley Fisher Fishkin and students from the American West Course about her work on the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy series, “Silicon Valley.”

Dan Reineman
This study investigates the local knowledge of surfers through two surveys of more than one thousand California surfers and promulgates, based on survey data, a formal definition of surfers’ local knowledge as "wave knowledge."

A historical look at the Coastal Commission reveals these fluctuating tides of tension, a perspective that provides a broader understanding of the structural conflicts the commission, as well as other regulatory agencies, confront.

2015 Knight-Risser Prize winners Jim Morris and Susan White joined a panel of experts to discuss their report,“Big Oil, Bad Air.” The investigation centered on one of the nation's most active oil and gas production regions.

Iris Hui
How do agencies use the permitting process to shape policy outcomes? This article unveils the black-box by using various text mining techniques to retrieve valuable empirical data from unstructured texts.

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