Drought and Equity in California

Organizational Author Pacific Institute, The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Resource Author Laura Feinstein, Rapichan Phurisamban, Amanda Ford, Christine Tyler, Ayana Crawford
Date Published 11/9/2022
Resource Type Publication
Tags Water Equity

Resource Summary

Drought and Equity in California is the first statewide analysis of the impacts of the five-year and ongoing drought on California’s most vulnerable communities. Three major impacts of the drought are the focus of the report, including water supply shortages, drought charges and water affordability, and the drought impacts on salmon fisheries. The Pacific Institute finds that water shortages and price increases affected access to safe, affordable water for Californians, with the most severe impacts on several vulnerable populations. The report concludes each section with a set of policy recommendations focused on improving resiliency to drought, and minimizing future consequences.

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