Impacts of the California Drought from 2007 to 2009: Surprising Outcomes for California’s Agriculture, Energy, and Environment

Published: June 2011

Authors: Juliet Christian-Smith, Morgan Levy, and Peter Gleick

Pages: 103



California’s three-year drought from 2007 to 2009 had far-reaching impacts that were highly publicized, but not well understood. Although media coverage of drought impacts focused on the agricultural sector, there were substantial consequences for aquatic ecosystems and hydropower production. This report examines the effects of the drought on agricultural production, energy production, and ecosystem health, and provides suggestions for mitigation strategies that are preventative, long-term, and sustainable.