Amid one of the worst droughts in modern California history, Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times Publisher Austin Beutner met at USC on Tuesday night to discuss water and the state’s future. Watch their conversation above and read key points and analysis below.
Hoping for innovation
Cutting back at home
Water vs. bullet train? Both, Brown says
Population growth changes things
Change the menu?
About those price disparities, though:
‘Not everything is subject to market’
Farmers in the Imperial Valley, east of San Diego, have access to lots of water at relatively cheap prices. To see why, click “read more,” below.
For the interactive graphic, click “read more,” below.
Water and agriculture
An analogy: Those who drink faster get more
For more about the excessive pumping of groundwater wells, click “read more,” below.
Promoting the delta plan
Concerns about wildlife in the delta
The plan to restore habitat as part of the new delta plan has been scaled down, though:
For an interactive graphic of the proposed delta tunnels, click “read more,” below.
Prices to rise
For more on Brown’s talk at the Metropolitan Water District, click “read more,” below.
Climate change will make future droughts worse, Gov. Brown says. “You get drier soils ... more forest fires.”
Brown says it’s hard to know how bad the long-term water shortage is because it’s affected by population growth and rising temperatures, among other factors.
But climate change, he says, is a “radical disurption of age-old historic patterns.”
For more on the connection between drought and climate change, click “read more,” below.
No new water sources expected
Over the last 120 years, California has captured huge amounts of water from rivers and snowpack, and there are no new sources, Brown said. “There is no silver bullet.”
The California Conversation’s broadcast media partner KCET will feature the discussion in an episode of “SoCal Connected” airing locally Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. on KCET and nationally Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV.