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Know the West

Are we in a megadrought?

As the dry-spell continues, a radio forum on water security in Western states.


Low water levels at Lake Mead.

Associate editor Brian Calvert hosts Soundtable, a collaboration between the High Country News university classroom program and KVNF radio in Paonia, Colorado. Episode 1: "When in (Mega?)drought." With guests: 

  • Patricia Mulroy, former general manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority;
  • George Frisvold, an agricultural economist at the University of Arizona;
  • Jennifer Pitt, director of the Colorado River Program for the Environmental Defense Fund; and
  • Jonathan Overpeck, co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. 
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