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California's Groundwater Dilemma06:26


A California bill regulating the use of the state's ground water from the natural aquifers is awaiting the approval of Governor Jerry Brown. In the midst of the most severe drought the U.S. has seen in years, the drilling of wells has increased, depleting the natural resource.

Experts say groundwater was never meant to be used for primary source of consumption, but as surface water dries, farmers and municipalities are going underground.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Thomas Harter, a professor and groundwater specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis, about the use of groundwater in California and why it should not be used as a primary source.


This segment aired on September 3, 2014.

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