Drought Impact Report

A Fresno State study, Impact of the Drought in the San Joaquin Valley of California, has produced valuable new information on the effects of the 2012-2014 drought, including losses in agricultural revenue, public health impacts, and underemployment and migration for farm labor, especially in disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley communities, and residential water use facts and fiction.

The goal of this report was to produce reliable data on the drought’s impact in the San Joaquin Valley--the state’s farming heartland, according to Provost Lynnette Zelezny, who directed the study. Contributors include faculty who are experts in economics, civil engineering, public health, urban/regional planning, journalism and mass communication, photography, and digital library resources.

“The story of the San Joaquin Valley has largely gone untold,” said Dr. Gil Harootunian, director of University Initiatives and editor of the report. “The San Joaquin Valley has perhaps been included as one chapter within the history of the State of California. This report makes our region a focus of the national conversation on the drought.”

Download the report

Executive summary [PDF, 871 KB]

Report: Impact of the Drought in the San Joaquin Valley of California [PDF, 15.3 MB]

Executive summary and report in a single document [PDF, 15.1 MB]


The study was made possible by the Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program.

For more information, contact Gil Harootunian, gharootunian@csufresno.edu, 559.278.4850.

Suggested citation:
Zelezny, L., Fu, X., Harootunian, G., Drexler, D., Avalos, A., Chowdhury, N., Pasha, F., Sherchan, S., Therkelsen, J., Wang, C., Zoldoske, D., Green, S., Edmonson, C. (2015). Impact of the Drought in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Retrieved from http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/drought/