California is facing a water scarcity that we can’t ignore.
The future of 40 million Californians is at risk, especially those already vulnerable to poverty.
Based on an analysis of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and other current and anticipated water supply restrictions, a study by University of California Berkeley economists, Dr. David Sunding and David Roland-Holst, concludes that up to one million acres may be fallowed in the San Joaquin Valley over a period of 2-3 decades as a result of reduced ground and surface water availability.
Californians need solutions that balance environmental stewardship with the needs of our communities and the industries throughout our state. Learn why.
Labor Market Impacts
According to Dr. David Sunding’s study, the state will see direct farm job losses that will devastate an entire California region.
Direct Farm Job Losses
Total Job Losses
Economically disadvantaged families will be impacted the most.
Direct Job Losses in the Most Economically Disadvantaged Census Tracts
Communities throughout California will feel the economic impacts. And these impacts are regressive.
Direct Job Losses as a Percent of the Local Community Labor Force
Loss in Tax Revenue
These impacts reach beyond the Central Valley. Reduced economic activity lowers local and state tax revenues and lowers federal tax receipts.