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Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

From KQED Education Do Now: For the past four years, California has been experiencing an historic drought. Governor Jerry Brown recently mandated a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. While this legislation seems to some to be a long overdue move in addressing the growing water crisis, others criticize it for a lack of attention towards California’s large agricultural industry. What do you think?

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Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Tough and Tasty: Recasting a Resilient Weed as a Wild Edible

Find out why some residents of a drought-plagued state are welcoming a weed to their gardens—and their dinner plates.

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The Future of Water

The Future of Water

Freshwater expert Sandra Postel reveals how water is destined to become our most precious resource— and the impact of your personal water footprint.

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Reporter's Notes: Putting Landscaping on a Water Budget

Reporter's Notes: Putting Landscaping on a Water Budget

Is your yard a dated relic of California's water guzzling past, or, an exemplar of the drought-tolerant future that the state's trying to nudge us all towards?

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Reporter's Notes: Is The Drought Over?

Reporter's Notes: Is The Drought Over?

By using water as a commodity, we are using up the fresh water the planet provides faster than it can replenish it. Reporting this piece introduced me to a subculture I hadn't paid much attention to before: Water nerds. It turns out I sit right next to a couple of them, right here at KQED. […]

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Reporter's Notes: High Tech in the Vineyards

Reporter's Notes: High Tech in the Vineyards

Wine making is indeed an art form, but it is increasingly becoming more scientific. I knew growing wine grapes requires a lot of attention to detail — there is the terroir, pests and diseases and all those microclimates. But who would have known, driving down Hwy 29, the main thoroughfare through the Napa Valley, that many of those vineyards are totally wired.

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