Drought Impacts on Disadvantaged Communities: Mitigation Strategies

This webinar, held June 24, 2015, 12-1 PM, kicked off our leadership series track with a survey of the effects of the drought on disadvantaged communities, including the affordability of water for basic needs, populations without access to water and/or clean drinking water, and other issues. The webinar, featuring J.R. DeShazo from UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation and Jennifer Clary from Clean Water Action, addressed strategies and actions to mitigate the most severe public health impacts.

Below, you may view the completed webinar, download the accompanying PowerPoint presentations, and peruse our resource materials.


J.R. DeShazo - Water Supply Threats and Vulnerabilities to Disadvantaged Communities: Lessons from Los Angeles County

Jennifer Clary - Drought Impacts on Disadvantaged Communities


J.R. DeShazo Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation, University of California at Los Angeles
J.R. DeShazo is also a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, where he is an expert in economics, public finance, and organizational governance. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was the Director of the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA for 5 years (2004-2011). He was awarded Professor of the Year, Masters Program in Public Policy, UCLA in 2001, 2005, and 2007.


Jennifer Clary, Water Policy and Legislative Analyst, Clean Water Action
Jennifer Clary has been a strong and tireless advocate for disadvantaged communities for many years. Jennifer directs the Central Valley Program and serves on key state stakeholder committees, advising state agencies on actions to improve groundwater quality and allocate state funding for water infrastructure. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley.



Below is a brief list of resources and policy related to the webinar. Thank you to our speakers for providing many of these.

Addressing Acute Water Shortage Needs for California’s Most Vulnerable Communities, a March 2015 set of proposed actions from Clean Water Action and other partners.

Los Angeles County Community Water Systems: Atlas and Policy Guide Volume 1, produced by J.R. DeShazo and colleagues at the Luskin Center for Innovation at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Assembly Bill 401 (Dodd) proposing the Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program

Proposition 218: Prop 218 is the state constitutional amendment that mandates the ways in which government must involve the people in raising property-based assessments, such as water fees. Here is a brief position paper from the State Association of Counties about Prop 218.

Identifying the location and population served by domestic wells in California. A paper in the Journal of Hydrology presenting methods to establish location of domestic wells and locations where groundwater is an important source of drinking water.

Clean Water Action

State Drought Emergency website

State Water Resources Control Board drought website

California Water Plan

California Water Sciences Center webpage on water use in California