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Your Call: California's water heist

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Lost Hills, CA: a pipeline owned allegedly by Stewart Resnick, bringing water from Dudley Ridge to Lost Hills

 

Who controls California’s water?

California’s five-year drought dried out over 1,000 wells and drained aquifers. As entire towns relied on bottled water to shower and cook, agriculture recorded record profits. Airing on National Geographic on March 14th, the new documentary Water & Power: A California Heist asks: who is getting rich off of the state’s water?

Guest:

Adam Keats, senior attorney and co-author of Not All Water Stored Underground is Groundwater: Aquifer Privatization and California’s 2014 Groundwater Sustainable Management Act

Web Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOuOrVg9Pc0

National Geographic: Water & Power: A California Heist

Mother Jones: Meet the California couple that uses more water than every home in Los Angeles combined

Center for Food Safety

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.