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Charles Fishman: California Still Needs New Thinking About Water

Oct 25, 2016

A California enters its sixth year of drought, journalist Charles Fishman says that residents aren't doing nearly enough to adapt to the "new normal" in a state that is becoming increasingly dry. Fishman, who is the author of the book "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water" is speaking in Bakersfield on Thursday October 27th at the CSUB Icardo Center at 7:00 PM as part of the culminating event of the One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern community read. 

Speaking on FM89's Valley Edition, Fishman talks about the environmental costs of America's bottled water addition, and also about new strategies for California, as the state seeks to re-orient its use of water from consumption, to protection of natural resources. For example, Fishman says the state should follow Australia's lead and offer to voluntarily buy-back water rights from farmers, in order to reduce water usage by agriculture and protect threatened species.