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From switching to renewable energy to battery storage, to taxing drinking water. Out of the hundreds of bills that the California Assembly debated in the final hours of the legislative session this month, many dealt with water, climate change, and the environment. KALW's energy and environment reporter Angela Johnston shares some of the key environmental legislation now sitting on Governor Brown’s desk, and the ones that didn’t make it there.

Your Call: California's water heist

Jun 19, 2017
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Who controls California’s water? We'll revisit our conversation about the documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist.”

The blocky Vaillancourt Fountain near San Francisco's Ferry Building has been controversial since its installation in the 1970s. One issue that's dogged the fountain for decades? It's often dry. Listener Ingrid Roseborough wrote to Hey Area wondering why. Click the player above the hear the answer. 

Angela Johnston

If you stand on the edge of the Almaden Dam in San Jose right now, you can feel the ground violently shaking and vibrating beneath your feet. It’s the result of thousands of cubic feet of water rushing out of the reservoir, down into a creek, flowing into the bay. The water’s being released to keep the reservoir from overflowing.

Your Call: California's water heist

Mar 9, 2017
National Geographic / Ted Gesing

 

Who controls California’s water?

Will the water come to Okieville, California?

Feb 15, 2017
Sarah Craig

The small hamlet of Okieville got its name from those who headed to California to escape the 1930s Dust Bowl. Today, Okieville is one of the areas hardest hit by California’s current drought.

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On the September 1st edition of Your Call, we’re talking about how climate change is affecting wildfires.

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Five years of drought has forced California farmers and wine makers to turn from the sky to the ground to find water. It’s down there, but you have to know exactly where it is in order to drill a well.  

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The Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta is the state’s biggest water supply, providing water for 25 million people. It’s also the most contested. Northern and Southern Californians have been fighting over who’s entitled to that water for more than a century. Right now, the latest battle is playing out. The largest water supplier in the country—Metropolitan Water District—has made a bid to buy 20 thousand acres of land in the Delta.

Illustration by Kyle Trefny

The Bridge is a new podcast featuring the best stories to come out of the KALW newsroom. Each week we'll bring you sound-rich, deeply reported stories about the Bay Area. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or Stitcher, add our RSS feed, or just search for "Bridge KALW" in your favorite podcast app. Our first episode is all about the drought.

Your Call: Looming global water shortage

Jun 1, 2016
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 On the June 1st edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the global water crisis. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, March 14, 2016

Mar 14, 2016
"Mission San Juan Capistrano," by Flickr user David M. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0 / cropped and resized.

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

At Stanford, UC Berkeley, battles rage over controversial names on campus // Mercury News 

"College students inspired in part by the Black Lives Matter movement, are calling for the removal of symbols honoring people connected to slavery and colonialism."

Are we close to getting out of the drought?

Feb 2, 2016
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Any day now, The California State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to extend Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory restrictions on water use.

Felicia Marcus tells us how she manages multiple interests for one of the earth's most precious (and dwindling) resources.

Todd Whitney

Despite the recent rain and projections that El Niño is on its way, there’s little chance that the storms will end California’s drought. At least, Governor Brown’s not counting on it.

Saving water, one flush at a time

Nov 10, 2015
Catherine Girardeau

Nobody at my house is very handy, so when there are plumbing issues, we go for the workarounds: like plunging, and putting buckets under leaky faucets to catch the drips and using the buckets to flush the toilets. 

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  On the November 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about how California is weathering the drought. 

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On the September 23rd edition of Your Call, we're talking about the increasing number of wildfires blazing across California. 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, Semptember 3, 2015

Sep 3, 2015
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

California's Katrina is coming // Wired

 

"California's always been for dreamers. Dreams of gold brought the forty-niners. Easy seasons and expansive arable acreage brought farmers, dreaming of an agricultural paradise. Fame, natural beauty, and the hang-loose cultural mosaic have brought dreaming millions to the state where summer never seems to end.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aug 19, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news.

Appeal to stop ‘excessive’ sand mining in SF Bay scheduled for next week // SF Examiner

“An environmental group will present arguments in an appeals court next week in what may be the group’s final legal effort to stop what it deems excessive sand mining in the San Francisco Bay.

David Briggs / Point Reyes Light

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California drought hasn't killed summer vacations // San Jose Mercury News

“Unexpected summer storms in the Sierra, highly orchestrated water diversions, and Californians' resourcefulness and sunny dispositions have kept the classic American vacation afloat -- just as summer winds down and the first school bells are about to ring.”

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On the July 15th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on solutions to California’s drought by talking about recycling and reusing wastewater.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news

Smelly dead whales on Pacifica beach to get proper burial // SFGate

"A pair of dead whales, which have been decomposing on a Pacifica beach for weeks, will have to be buried due to “quality of life” issues for surrounding residents, officials said.

"In other words, giant, lifeless, rotting carcasses are not pleasant to live next to.

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One the May 8th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of California’s drought.

  

When California’s new groundwater law was written, who had a seat at the table and who was left out?

  

On the May 6th edition of Your Call, we continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the $110 billion bottled water industry.

Dry farming: a technique for a water scarce future

Apr 27, 2015
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Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown stepped up to a podium in a dry, grassy field in Eastern California. He took a deep breath, and made a landmark statement.

"We’re in a historic drought, and that demands unprecedented action. It’s for that reason that I’m issuing an executive order demanding substantial water reduction across our state."

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015
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Drought encourages do-it-yourself water recycling // Mercury News

"PLEASANTON -- Leon Jung figured he had to do something out of the ordinary to save his brown front lawn in a second year of water rationing. So he turned to his local sewage plant. He started trucking in reclaimed water a month ago from the plant that is the first in California to dispense free recycled effluent, or treated sewage, to do-it-yourselfers.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015
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San Francisco man shares story of escaping war-torn Yemen // KTVU

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