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Is California Ready for Drought?

May 6
May 6, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tall redwood trees growing in California

Drought isn’t an equal opportunity crisis—some sectors and communities are more affected than others. Join the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Water Policy Center and state and local experts for a panel discussion about how to reduce drought impacts to the most vulnerable sectors.

This research and event are supported with funding from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.


  • 11:00 a.m., Welcome and Presentation, Alvar Escriva-Bou, research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
  • 11:15 a.m., Panel Discussion
    • Moderator: Ellen Hanak, senior fellow and director, PPIC Water Policy Center
    • Grant Davis, general manager, Sonoma County Water Agency
    • Laurel Firestone, board member, State Water Board
    • Josué Medellín-Azuara, associate professor, University of California, Merced
  • 11:45 a.m., Audience Q&A
  • 12:00 p.m., Adjourn