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The white band of rock and sand above the water on Lake Mead is getting bigger and bigger. A marina’s been moved, and more islands are popping up. The latest study says mead and other reservoirs could effectively dry up in just thirteen years. On Reporter’s Notebook, another threat to the health-care safety net in Los Angeles County.

Photo: Drought Drops Lake Mead Water Level To 40 Year Lows, by Ethan Miller/Getty Images News

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook L.A. County Health Proposes Shuttering Clinics 7 MIN, 16 SEC

Yesterday, we heard that federal inspectors are taking a long look at Harbor-UCLA Hospital with the possibility that it’ll be closed down, as King Drew was late last year. County Health Department officials are also talking about closing all but one of the dozen clinics that provide primary and preventive care to uninsured patients. 

Guests:
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Board of Supervisors (@ZevYaroslavsky)

Main Topic Where Has All The Water Gone? 17 MIN, 28 SEC

Thirteen years may sound like a long time, but when you’re talking about the water supply for Southern California, it’s a different story. That’s all the time that may be left for reservoirs on the Colorado River serving 20 million people. 

Guests:
Tim Barnett, Marine Physicist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego
Tim Brick, Arroyo Seco Foundation
Michael Wehner, Assistant General Manager, Orange County Water District

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