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The Los Angeles Basin is hot, dry and likely to stay that way in a year when rainfall in downtown LA is less than a quarter of normal. Near Lake Tahoe at Echo Summit, this year’s final snow survey found bare earth and the 400-mile long Sierra snow pack is the smallest in almost thirty years. Does California need more dams, more conservation, or both? Is it time to revisit how the state’s most precious resource is allocated?

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink 24 MIN, 23 SEC


The LA Times reports that there won’t be poppies this year in the Antelope Valley. Some butterflies are staying dormant because there’s a lack of flowers in Southern California. Seasonal ponds are too dry for frogs or fairy shrimp. But deer, bobcats and rattlesnakes will be more evident this summer in residential neighborhoods. It’s all about the shortage of water after a decade of drought-like conditions with the exception of the drenching winter of 2005. We begin with Debra Man, Chief Assistant General Manager and Operating Officer for the Metropolitan Water District, which serves almost 18 million people.

Guests:
Debra Man, Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for the Metropolitan Water District
Gerry Johns, Deputy Director for Water Resources Planning at the California Department of Water Resources
Rodney Fujita, Marine Ecologist at the Environmental Defense Fund and author of Heal the Oceans: Solutions for Saving Our Seas
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News (@PaulRogersSJMN)

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