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Lost and found waterways


How is it that, in a region where we allocate and litigate many rivers down to their last drops, others are entirely forgotten? In this episode of West of 100, we explore waterways in Los Angeles and Tucson that have fallen into obscurity, despite the fact that they're largely responsible for those cities existing where they do.

Thanks to producer Aengus Anderson for his documentary on the Santa Cruz River in southern Arizona, and to HCN contributing editor Judith Lewis Mernit. Her L.A. Weekly story, "The Lost Streams of Los Angeles," is highly recommended. Jessica Hall and her colleagues blog at L.A. Creek Freak.

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Music in this episode: "Copenhagen" by Peter Biedermann, licensed under Creative Commons.