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The Source: Water Increasingly Scarce In A Dry West

California towns have been running out of water for the past 6 months. A plan to ration water in southern California is expected to be voted on next week. Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a 25 percent mandatory reduction in urban water consumption, a California first.

Texas remains in drought for a 5th year, but what a difference a year makes. This time in 2014 85 percent of the state was under the drought with more than a quarter in the most severe stages. Fast forward, and today just a hair under 50 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions. 

Regardless of our incremental improvement in Texas, the two most populous states in the country are experiencing some of the worst droughts in a hundred years. What does this mean for how we live?

Guests:

  • Robert Gulley, former Executive Director of Habitat Conservation at the Edwards Aquifer Authority, author of the book "Heads Above Water: The Inside Story of the Edwards Awuifer Recovery Implementation Program"
  • Seamus McGraw, journalist and author of the book "Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change"

**Both of our guests will be at this Saturday's San Antonio Book Festival

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