As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño
A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought—the most severe category listed by the United States Drought Monitor. Radio ads and highway signs warn residents to conserve water, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for the rain promised by a strong El Niño, says Molly Peterson, environment correspondent for Southern California Public Radio. Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Indiana University’s Shahzeen Attari join her to talk about what states and residents can do to weather the drought in the meantime.
Molly Peterson is a reporter who covers environment and climate issues. She’s based in Los Angeles, California.
Jay Famiglietti is a professor in earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and senior water wcientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Shazeen Attari is an assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Jim Pardee is co-owner of JD Farms in Bonsall, California.