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The future of desalination in Santa Barbara and California

Bill Youngblood/SCPR
| California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history. Santa Barbara’s approach is to reopen its long-closed desalination plant. Is that the city’s best option?

New water bond? Environmentalists say $7 billion wasn't enough

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Less than a year after voters approved an unprecedented $7.5 billion for water projects, some environmentalists already say it's time for another bond.

Recycling sewage is an uphill battle in LA County, literally

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The county’s largest treatment plants sit at sea level, perfectly positioned to pump hundreds of billions of gallons of treated sewage out to sea.

If El Niño hits, CA will still need to conserve water

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Will Californians' resolve to conserve water dribble away if predictions of a wet El Niño season prove true? Felicia Marcus says, it can't.

Vegas water managers OK water deal with Los Angeles agency

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Southern Nevada Water Authority board members on Thursday approved selling 150,000 acre-feet of water to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Future of Water: Which species could we lose by 2040?

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As California cities and farms squabble over water, conservationists are having to make tough choices about where to direct what water they have, in some cases weighing the fate of entire species.

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Future of Water: A trip to the water-wise LA of 2040

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In the L.A. of 25 years hence, look for "atomizing" shower heads, "smart" water meters, and homes that drink in rain water like a sponge. Don't forget the water-friendly tacos.

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Future of Water: Technology to help Calif. farms stretch every drop

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High-tech drip irrigation is taking hold on California farms. But there's a paradox: the more water that technology saves, the more incentive farmers have to plant more crops.

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