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San Diego, Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach aren't waiting for El Niño. They're opting to take the salt out of ocean water, despite increased cost to ratepayers and the environment. Will the trade-offs be worth it, or should California focus on conservation and toilet-to-tap recycling of waste water?

Also, Congressman Adam Schiff — the Jewish Democrat from Glendale and LA — has made a major decision. He tells us why he's supporting the nuclear deal with Iran. 

Photo: City of Carlsbad

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Charlotte Duren

Representative Schiff Supports the Iran Nuclear Deal 7 MIN, 11 SEC

Congressman Adam Schiff represents Glendale and parts of Los Angeles. He's the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Jewish caucus. Last week, he said the Iran nuclear deal presented “one of the most challenging decisions” of his career. Today, he made his announcement.

More:
Jewish Journal poll on American Jews support of Iran deal

Will Desalination Defeat the Drought? 18 MIN, 44 SEC

The biggest desalination plant in the Northern Hemisphere will go on line in November — providing one tenth of the water supply for San Diego. Santa Barbara is getting a plant out of mothballs, and Huntington Beach wants to be next. No less than 15 legal challenges have been filed against the plant in Carlsbad, and all of them have been denied. 

Guests:
Amanda Little, Vanderbilt University (@littletrip)
Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance (@bothwell_ca)
Helene Schneider, City of Santa Barbara (@mayorhelene)

More:
Little on desalination and the drought
California Coastkeeper Alliance on the myth of desalination
NRDC on seawater desalination and California's drought
City of Santa Barbara on reactivation of its desalination plant

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