Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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5:20pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Where will our future water supply come from, if not rain?

The LA Times recently published an editorial that reported that California’s reservoirs are currently storing only about a year’s worth of water supply. Significant storms could still add to that supply, but it’s daunting data, coming at the tail end of the traditional wet season.

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5:20pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

In a warmer world, researchers say climate change is intensifying California's water crisis

Aerial view of Calaveras Dam Replacement Project.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_hintsa/

Twice a week, the Heart of the City Farmers Market transforms San Francisco’s gritty United Nations Plaza with dozens of white canopies and truckloads of fresh produce. But on a recent sunny winter Wednesday, the abundance of sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables are contrasted by a gloomy point.

It didn’t rain once here last January. Not in this spot, nor in all of San Francisco.

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5:18pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Upgrading San Francisco's aging pipes in times of drought

San Francisco's Stockton tunnel is shut down due to a water main break in March of 2014.
Flickr user toyzrus8

The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water system, operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC), carries water to 2.6 million customers in the Bay Area. How it does that is remarkable – remarkably simple, says PUC Water Resources Manager, David Briggs.

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5:17pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 24, 2015

In a warmer world, researchers say climate change is intensifying California's water crisis; upgrading San Francisco's aging pipes in times of drought; where will our future water supply come from, if not rain?; and Oakland band Brass Magic.

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8:24am

Tue March 24, 2015

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