Drought in California has forced agricultural growers and non-growers alike to conserve water, and as new groundwater regulations take effect in California farmers are forced to find new and innovative ways to adapt and survive. It is important to not only understand what practices farmers use to adapt, but also to investigate the reasons they choose to use such practices and what influences these decisions. Through a case study of the Tulare Basin in California, this study examines these farmers, and how they view their own practices in the context of drought and recently enacted groundwater regulations. This study hypothesizes that farmers show proactive responses during a drought when water prices are high, and reactive responses in between droughts, when water is less of an economic strain. This project uses Robbin’s political ecology and Douglas and Wildavsky’s risk culture to analyze the farmers’ network hierarchies and rationales, and the culture of risk surrounding drought in these communities. By understanding why and how these farmers choose their practices and their views on drought regulations, regulators and water districts can better work with agricultural regions for proper water management for the state and future droughts.
|Commitee:||House-Peters, Lily, Laris, Paul|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, Water Resources Management, Agriculture|
|Keywords:||Agriculture, Drought, Groundwater, Political ecology, Tulare Basin, Water|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be