Trump rolls back Obama-era water protections. How will that affect California?

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Los Padres National Forest in Ojai, California. Photo by Amy Ta.

The Environmental Protection Agency is stripping protections for streams, wetlands, and groundwater nationwide.

Major water bodies will still be protected, but smaller ones that don’t flow year-round, especially in California and western states, will be open to pollution dumps.

This change is good news for farmers and real estate developers. But environmental activists, and even the agency’s science advisers, disagree. 

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Guest:
Noah Garrison - UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Rebecca Mooney