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The story of California is the story of water, and this is the driest winter in the state's recorded history. The Sierra snowpack is at 15% of its annual average, big trouble for the Central Valley's $45 billion agriculture industry. With winter conditions already like early summer, even regions with adequate water supplies are at risk of fast-moving fires. What will the Governor's drought declaration mean for you?  Is it time for a water bond? Also, local public libraries are getting back into business.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, UN inspectors have confirmed that Iran has suspended its most advanced enrichment of nuclear fuel today.  In exchange, some international sanctions are being lifted. After decades of mistrust, what are the prospects of a permanent settlement in the next six months?

 
Banner image: Mono Lake South Tufa, August 2013. Photo: King of Hearts

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Liyna Anwar
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Good News and New Hours for City Libraries 5 MIN, 29 SEC

One casualty of the Great Recession was $22 million in budget cuts for libraries in the City of Los Angeles. But, four years ago, voters started reversing the damage with Measure L. First, Monday services were restored. Now, eight of the system's 72 regional branches and the downtown Central Library are open again on Sundays. KCRW's arts and culture reporter Lisa Napoli is following the story.

Guests:
Lisa Napoli, KCRW arts reporter (@lisanapoli)

Main Topic A Record Water Shortage and Red Flag Warnings 21 MIN, 32 SEC

Governor Brown has recognized this driest winter in California history by declaring a drought emergency. The Sierra snowpack is at 15% of its annual average, and that could leave Central Valley farmers with no allocations from water districts at all. Last week's Colby Fire above Glendora is a prime example of what dry winter weather means for fire danger and, by extension, air quality.

Guests:
Jeffrey Kightlinger, Metropolitan Water District (@MWDSC)
Andy Lipkis, TreePeople (@AndyLipkis)
Ken Pimlott, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (@CALFIRE_CHIEF)
Bill Patzert, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL)

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