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California’s Former Water Czar on the State’s Coming “Water Nightmare”

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DISCOVERY BAY, CA - MAY 22: Discovery Bay, a waterfront community of 15,000 people built on a network of man-made dikes and surrounded by fresh water, is viewed from the air on May 22, 2023, over Discovery Bay, California. The SacramentoSan Joaquin River Delta, or California Delta, is an expansive inland river delta and estuary in Northern California at the western edge of the Central Valley created by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. The Delta is just east of where the rivers enter Suisun Bay, which flows into San Francisco Bay, then the Pacific Ocean via San Pablo Bay. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom surveyed the Sierra snowpack and outlined a new state water plan focused on climate change. Scott and KQED climate reporter Ezra David Romero are joined by California’s former top water regulator Felicia Marcus. As the state’s top water czar, she navigated severe droughts, balancing demands for scare water by cities, farms, businesses and homeowners. 


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