The biggest challenge to growth in California is providing enough water to meet the rapidly increasing demand. The state is looking at 14 million new residents in the next 25 years, mostly in the Inland Empire and the Central Valleys. Because of the climate in those places, the demand for water could increase by 40 percent, according to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California. And even though the population is likely to outrun the water supply, in some of the places of greatest use, the water's not even metered. Will Californians have to change their lawns and gardens, pay more and get used to recycled water? We hear more about the difficult challenge ahead as well as possible remedies from the water industry, environmentalists and author of the PPIC study.
- Making News: 'Millennium Bomber' Sentenced
Two kidnapped Algerian diplomats were killed in Iraq today, and there have been claims of responsibility by a group boasting of ties to al Qaeda. Meanwhile, Algerian Ahmed Ressam has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for planning to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport on the Millennium. We hear more from the son of an Algerian diplomat who was murdered by Islamic terrorists in 1993 and from Josh Meyer, who covers terrorism for the Los Angeles Times.
US District Attorney's office on sentencing of 'Millennium Bomber' Ahmed Ressam
LA Times article on Ressam sentencing
PPIC press release on California population growth, demand for water supply
PPIC study on Water for Growth