Richard Howitt,Jay R. Lund. August 2016
The Economic Analysis of the 2016 California Drought for Agriculture report estimates the impacts of the drought on agriculture.
“California’s agricultural powerhouse and its extensive water supply system have been challenged by recent years of drought. After four years of severely dry conditions, a wetter 2016 winter and spring helped California partially recover surface water storage and increased recharge to some aquifers. Nevertheless, statewide storage in reservoirs remains below historical average and groundwater remains in substantial overdraft in many areas.”