Accelerating Drought Resilience

Through Innovative Technologies

The goal of this Toolkit is to accelerate implementation of technologies that can achieve long-term water supply reliability ("drought resilience") while also increasing electricity reliability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The geographic focus was Tulare County, the largest agricultural producing county in California and the county most severely impacted by the recent and ongoing California drought. 

Project Purpose & Process

  • 1
    Increase Funding for Distributed Water Resources
  • 2
    Accelerate Retirements of Inefficient Water Fixtures
  • 3
    Leverage State Programs to Improve Data About Water Supplies and Uses
  • 4
    Establish Centers of Excellence in Technologies that Achieve California’s Vision for a Clean and Resilient Future

Key Findings

Photo Credit: Porterville Area Coordinating Council

Tulare County is vulnerable to water supply and quality risks. The County has relatively little precipitation, causing heavy dependence on groundwater whenever surface water supplies are low...



The potential water, energy and greenhouse gas benefits that can be achieved by implementing these recommendations in Tulare County alone are substantial.

Featured Spotlight: Glenda Humiston

Glenda Humiston, Ph.D., has over 25 years of experience working on economic development, rural communities, agriculture and natural resources.

Interested in learning about innovative financing?

Watch Fran Spivy-Weber—former Vice Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)—interview Glenda Humiston, University of California's vice president of agriculture and natural resources.

"[The key is] creating the idea that we're better off collaborating than not. And that that collaboration needs to both be urban and rural. It needs to be large enough to be of scale and yet small enough that people feel ownership."

                                     -  Glenda Humiston, Ph.D.