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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

How California Is Preparing For This Year's Extreme Drought

Drought Lake Oroville
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In May 2021, water levels of Lake Oroville dropped to 38% of capacity.

Most of California is diving headfirst into another extreme drought. Are we more prepared this time?

As California emerges out of nearly a year-and-a half of a global pandemic, we are entering into another crisis: drought. Nearly three quarters of the state is in extreme drought.

The snow-pack is almost gone and some local counties have started imposing mandatory water restrictions. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the state’s longest running drought officially ended less than 5 years ago.

In this interview, we talk about lessons learned and what we can expect going forward.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.