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Your Call: How are California communities dealing with the drought?


On the November 12th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the current state of the drought. A dozen communities across the state are at risk of running out of water, and at least 700 households already lack access to running water. Farmers have left nearly a half-million acres of land unplanted. How will new groundwater regulations and Proposition 1 impact water usage? What do you want to know about the drought? Is it affecting your area? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Richard Howitt is a professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics at the UC Davis Center for Watershed sciences

Joe Del Bosque, owner of Del Bosque Farms

Elva Beltran, director of the Porterville Area Coordinating Council, a local nonprofit assisting families in need, particularly those whose wells have run dry because of the drought

Web Resources:
Porterville Area Coordinating Council

The Porterville Recorder: Coordinating Council takes reins of drought-relief effort

CBS: Growing List Of NorCal Communities Running Out Of Water In Just 60 Days

Community Water Center: Tulare County will welcome water bond money

Slate: The Decline of California Agriculture has Begun

National Journal: Drought is Taking California Back to the Wild, Wild West

New York Times: With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate

Pacific Institute: Insights into Proposition 1

High Country News: California’s sweeping new groundwater regulations

L.A. Times: Prop. 1 aims to relieve drought - but not this one

Oakland North: Local effects of Proposition 1 water bond measure remain murky

Bloomberg: California Water Prices Soar for Farmers as Drought Grows

Association of California Water Agencies - How California Water Agencies Are Responding to Record-Dry Condition

UC Davis Drought Impact Study

Yahoo - A modern-day Dust Bowl

New York Times - Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty