EJCW and Pacific Institute release the “Drought and Equity in California” report.
In this report, we examine three major impacts of the ongoing California drought. The first two, supply shortages and rising costs, affected people’s access to safe, affordable water in their homes. We also investigated the impacts of the drought on salmon and, by extension, commercial and tribal fishermen reliant on salmon for income, food, and cultural traditions. We found that low-income households, people of color, and communities already burdened with environmental pollution suffered the most severe impacts. The good news is that there are solutions to these problems, some of which are already being implemented. We conclude with a set of policy recommendations to improve our ability to cope with drought and minimize its inequitable consequences in the future.
Read the full report here!