The Science of Sustainability

What is California’s Delta?

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QUEST Associate Media Producer Joshua Cassidy co-produced this video story.

If you’re like most Californians, you’ve probably never heard of the Delta or why it’s important to the state’s economy and wildlife. In three minutes, we’ll explain how the Delta is a key part of California’s water supply and why it’s been the focus of a decades-long water battle.

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Category: Biology, Engineering, Environment, Video, Water

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Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.
  • kevin

    balance of nature is the circle of LIFE I did not know that all of these pumps pipes and canals are nature get a grip. you people are morons

  • http://www.talestoldfromtheroad.com Dick Jordan

    I am a docent at the Bay Model in Sausalito, and the Delta's past and future figure prominently in the tours I lead. You've done a nice job on this overview of the Delta's significance to the state's growing population and the demands it places on fresh water supplies.