California Authorizes Zero Percent Conservation Standard for Most Local Water Districts

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California’s Water Resources Board announced on Tuesday that 379 of the state’s 411 water districts will no longer need to comply with state-imposed water standards, allowing the districts to set their own conservation standards. But the new targets are low -- as low as zero in most cases. In this hour of Forum, we'll discuss what’s behind the Water Board’s move. We'll also bring you the latest on local conservation efforts and the state of the drought in California.

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Max Gomberg, climate and conservation manager, State Water Resources Control Board

Ellen Hanak, senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Paul Rogers, managing editor of KQED Science; environment writer, San Jose Mercury News

Garth Hall, deputy operating officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District