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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 has taught the physical sciences at Corning Union High School since 1991. A lifelong amateur astronomer and astronomy educator, he has a passion for both the earth and the space sciences, which are the principal areas of focus for guests on Blue Dot. He started doing radio interviews on space and astronomy topics for local stations like KFM and KPAY in the 1980s and into the 90s, where he was a popular go-to guest for local radio personalities. He is also an expert on the history and geology of Lassen Volcanic National Park, where he has served as a volunteer for decades. Dave enjoys a quiet life at home with his partner in life, Cheryl, and their two dogs, Elvis and Pearl, at their Red Bluff residence.
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.