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Interview: Study To Discover Links Between Health And Drought

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Donna Johnson and her 19-year-old recruit deliver water daily to homes around East Porterville and direct people to the front of East Porterville's Fire Station for non-potable water.

With the drought in California in its fifth year little is known about how people’s health is affected by it. Thousands of acres have been fallowed, lakes are experiencing toxic algae blooms and water sources for whole communities have dried up.

There have been a few small studies around public health and the drought, but now a larger two-year study is in the works by UC Riverside. To find out what the study hopes to accomplish Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero interviewed Professors Kurt Shwabe and Bruce Link.

Take a listen to the interview by clicking play above.