Putting California's Latest Drought in Context

Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount

from ARE Update Vol. 18, No. 5, May/Jun, 2015 Special Issue: The Economics of the Drought for California Food and Agriculture

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California's latest drought has focused attention on water management practices and policies. This article describes how the system has adapted to managing water scarcity and recurring droughts. It identifies some of the early lessons learned, including promising ways to adapt to water scarcity and areas of continued vulnerability.


California agriculture, 2015 drought, California water supply system, climate change, groundwater management, Delta


Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount. 2015. "Putting California's Latest Drought in Context." ARE Update 18(5): 2-5. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.