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Blue Dot 209: Groundwater Issues In Calif. & The West: W/UC Davis Hydrologist Thomas Harter

If there is one most contentious issue in the history of California, it is probably water. From the Owens Valley water wars from the early 20th century that were chronicled in part by the film Chinatown, to the modern era of trying to strike a balance between wildlife, fisheries and agriculture as well as urban water use, water is crucial to all stake holders. 





In recent years, groundwater has increasingly become a concern since for over a century it has been unregulated for the most part. But now with more and more wells pumping vast amounts of water out of the ground, groundwater has become an important resource conservation issue. 



Dave talks to UC Davis groundwater expert Thomas Harter about the fundamentals of aquifers, recharge and pollution issues as well as the future of California groundwater management in the era of a changing climate.


Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.