Chicano Studies Institute Grant

With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in November 2014, California’s state government initiated a process by which, over the next five years, water users in seriously depleted groundwater basins are required to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to regulate groundwater use, and design Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) to bring their basins into sustainability.  Walsh and a research assistant will assess the participation of Latinos in this process in a number of rural towns in the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley: 1) Paso Robles, 2) New Cuyama, 3) Lost Hills, 4) Arvin, 5) Wasco, 6) McFarland.  This project will explore questions with serious political, economic and health implications for Mexicans/Latinos in California, and contribute a pioneering study of the racial and ethnic contours of groundwater management.