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One Planet: How Prepared Is CA For Another Drought & DDT Dumping Near Catalina Island

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing how California is preparing for another drought. According to the Guardian, the state’s previous drought, which lasted from 2012 to 2016, resulted in $2.7 billion in losses for the agriculture industry and more than 18,000 lost jobs. The drought also contributed to the deaths of about 102 million forest trees.

Later in the show, we'll discuss a Los Angeles Times investigation about how the waters off Catalina Island, California became a dumping ground for DDT waste from the 1940s to the 1980s. As many as half a million barrels had been dumped just off the coast of Los Angeles.

Guests:

Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis

Rosanna Xia, environment reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Web Resources:

The Guardian: California’s snowpack signals another dry year, prompting calls to save water

The Sacramento Bee: California, get ready for water cutbacks. Cities, farms receive grim warning about supply

Jay Lund: California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – a short history of big changes

The Los Angeles Times: L.A.'s coast was once a DDT dumping ground.

The Los Angeles Times: Deep-sea ‘Roombas’ will comb ocean floor for DDT waste barrels near Catalina

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.
Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.