Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Will we have enough?

Inside California water agency managers' toughest job

The east branch of the California Aqueduct carries water over 500 miles from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Southern California. It ends at in Yucaipa, and supplies 60% of the city's water. DAVID McNEW / Getty Images

KPCC

KPCC Pasadena

What if it were your job to make sure there's enough water for everyone in your city to drink – in the middle of the worst drought in 500 years? That's the job description for hundreds of water managers in California. State regulators have come up with one answer to that question, but Joe Zoba at Yucaipa Valley Water District has a different answer.

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How one city reduces reliance on imported water

Water Deeply

Urban runoff is the number one source of pollution in places like Santa Monica Bay in Southern California. But the city is not relying on drought to help stop the problem. Instead it has taken the lead in implementing solutions, like "green streets" and runoff recycling to catch urban runoff before it hits the bay.

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UCLA study: Centuries of drought could return here

San Francisco Chronicle

We may someday have to stop calling our drought a temporary phenomenon and just label it the new normal. Climate change could lock the state into a dry pattern lasting centuries or even a millennia if history repeats itself, according to a new study out of UCLA.

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