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Should Gov. Brown Declare a Statewide Drought?


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Bear tracks in the mud at Shasta Lake, which was already at a low water level in early Fall, 2013.
Molly Samuel/KQED
Bear tracks in the mud at Shasta Lake, which was already at a low water level in early Fall, 2013.

Last year was the driest year on record in California -- and not much rainfall is expected in the near future. Leading lawmakers and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a drought, which would trigger conservation measures. We discuss the implications of drought conditions and what should be done.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Chris Brown, director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council
  • Jeff Mount, professor emeritus of geology, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
  • Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Shaun Lornce, general manager of the San Juan Water District

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