Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?

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Three years into the worst drought in California history, Santa Barbara is looking for water. While many Southern Californian cities are utilizing alternative water sources -- such as rainwater and water recycling -- the South Coast remains dangerously reliant on water from Lake Cachuma and a pipe into the state water project. From importing supplies to re-opening its desalination plant -- what are the costs? And what's the environmental impact?

On December 12, Warren Olney hosted a discussion before a live audience at Music Academy of the West in Montecito with a panel of local experts to discuss the state's paralyzing drought and Santa Barbara's sustainable future.

 Photo: Lake Cachuma, October 6, 2014. (Tony Hisgett)


Bob Wilkinson - UC Santa Barbara, Charles Hamilton - Carpinteria Valley Water District, Kira Redmond - Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Helene Schneider - City of Santa Barbara - @mayorhelene, Nick Welsh - executive editor, Santa Barbara Independent - @SBIndpndnt

Warren Olney

Benjamin Gottlieb, Sonya Geis