Watch: The Many Impacts of Drought in the California Delta

November 12, 2021 | ,  


A photo of vegetation growth on the California delta with some sky and a tower in the backgroundFloating vegetation, which can clog waterways and equipment, becomes more prevalent during drought in the California Delta. |  Photo by Michael Whiting via Shruti Khanna


Toward a Disaster Resilient California:

The Many Impacts of
Drought in the California Delta


In the past 50 years California has experienced a significant drought about once a decade. Water shortages during drought can trigger a cascade of overlapping and compounding impacts that can exacerbate water management challenges.

What are the cascading, overlapping, and compounding events caused by drought? Watch our CCST Expert Briefing and download our one pager to learn more about drought’s impact on water quantity, water quality, ecosystem health, public health, agriculture, and more in the California Delta. Held December 3rd, 2021.


Laurel Larsen
UC Berkeley, Geography and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Science Program

Expert Panelists:

Shruti Khanna
California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Interagency Ecological Program

Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cooperative Extension

Josué Medellín-Azuara
UC Merced, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daniel Swain
UCLA, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability


Presented in partnership with:

The Delta Stewardship Council
The Office of Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua

The front and back covers of the one pager overlapping
Download the One Pager.


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