Water Commission explores drought impacts and responses in latest issue of Water Resources IMPACT magazine

The California Water Commission staff has acted as guest editor for two issues of Water Resources IMPACT magazine, featuring articles on the topic of prolonged drought in California. Articles delve into how drought impacts people and the environment and how we can respond to droughts, better preparing for the inevitable.

The first issue, published in February 2023, focused on water scarcity issues confronting California and the ways these issues impact different sectors. The second issue, published on April 20, 2023, focuses on drought response, considering the options for adaptation. This two-part series complements the Commission’s work on strategies to protect communities and fish and wildlife in the event of a long-term drought.

The authors who contributed to the double issue are a diverse array of tribal leaders, academics, NGO thought-leaders, water managers and water policy influencers, each of whom brings their own perspective on the topic of drought. Their expertise and perspectives in climate science, water policy, and water management will help inform drought-related decision-making and support policies that better prepare the state to thrive during prolonged drought events.

The second issue includes contributions from: Atley Keller, Stantec, and Laura Jensen, California Water Commission; Dr. Nícola Ulibarrí, University of California, Irvine; Laura Ramos, California State University, Fresno; Dr. Kristin Babson Dobbin, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Tara Moran, California Water Data Consortium; Sarah Naumes and Dr. Leigh Bernacchi, University of California, Merced; Sarah Heard and Jeannie Brantigan, The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Roger Bales, University of California, Merced, Dr. Martha Conklin, University of California, Merced and Dr. Michael Goulden, University of California, Irvine; Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute; Michael McNutt, Riki Clark, and Dave Pedersen, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District; Deniene Rivenburg, Irvine Ranch Water District; and Martha Davis, former Assistant General Manager for Policy, Inland Empire Utilities Agency.

The March/April edition of Water Resources IMPACT magazine can be accessed, free of charge, on the American Water Resources Association website, using this promotional code: 23MarAprWC. The code will expire in three months.

About the California Water Commission
The nine-member California Water Commission uses its public forum to explore water management issues from multiple perspectives and to formulate recommendations to advise the director of the California Department of Water Resources, and as appropriate, the California Natural Resources Agency, the Governor, and Legislature on ways to improve water planning and management in response to California’s changing hydrology. For more information regarding the California Water Commission visit cwc.ca.gov.