water

6:41pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Witching to find water

Marc Mondavi demonstrates his divining rods.

The lack of rain 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.  

There are a couple of options for how to do this: you can have a geologist use mapping and scientific data to get a lay of the land; or you can can hire a water witch. These are people who search for water using two thin sticks or iron rods that they say cross each other when there’s water  under the earth.

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11:47pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: Mapping the drought: From Brazil to California

A resident looks out of her apartment in a building painted with a drought-related mural, painted by Brazilian artist Mundano, depicting a man getting water from a cactus plant, in Sao Paulo November 25, 2014.
Reuters Nacho Doce

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. Governor Brown’s mandatory water conservation plans have attracted national attention. How are the media reporting on California’s water crisis and water policies? We’ll also talk about the historic drought in Brazil. We’ll be joined by freelance journalist Matt Weiser, San Jose Mercury’s Lisa Krieger and independent journalist Mauricio Savarese joins us from São Paulo, Brazil. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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12:00am

Wed May 6, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: Why are bottled water companies allowed to take water from drought-ridden California?

  

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. Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Dasani, and others sell water from California. Americans bought 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. Nearly two-thirds of those bottles are not recycled. Why do so many Americans buy bottled water? And what do you want to know about this multi-billion dollar industry? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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11:52pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Economy/Labor/Biz

Your Call: How is the drought affecting California’s agriculture?

On the May 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing the agriculture and its heavy reliance on water. Agriculture uses 80 percent California’s water, but was largely left out of Governor Jerry Brown’s first-ever limits on water use. Should agriculture be subject to limits? What are alternative models for agricultural production in California? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Heather Cooley, director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program

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11:45pm

Sun May 3, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: Who are California’s water power brokers?

On the May 4th edition of Your Call, we’ll kick off a weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing forces that are controlling access to water in California. The state’s persistent drought has resulted in the first-ever statewide water restrictions, so how is the allocation of water determined? And who controls the flow? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Conner Everts, co-facilitator of the Environmental Water Caucus

Adam Scow, California campaigns director at Food & Water Watch

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