Health, Science, Environment

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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12:00am

Thu March 19, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: What if we ate as if water mattered?

On the March 19th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing the water footprint of food. Agriculture accounts for 80 percent of water use in the state. It takes 28 gallons of water to produce a 12-oz beer; 1,800 gallons to produce a pound of beef; and 1,900 gallons to produce a pound of almonds. Is there such a thing as a drought-friendly diet? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Dr. Gidon Eshel, research professor of environmental science and physics at Bard College

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12:00am

Wed March 18, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How can we sustainably manage groundwater?

What do you want to know about California’s new groundwater law? On the next Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the state’s first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Nearly 40 percent of California’s water comes from underground sources. About 30 million Californians rely on groundwater for their drinking water. But areas are being pumped faster than they are being replenished. How is groundwater managed now? And what changes should we expect? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

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