California has experienced a historic amount of rain this season, capping the Sierra with snow and stocking many Northern California reservoirs. Meanwhile, Colorado is plagued with devastating wildfires, burning through an unseasonably warm Winter. Are we seeing the effects of Climate Change in real time? Is California – finally – exiting the drought? And, should we be building more water storage to hold on to all this rain? Professor Jay Lund, of the Center for Watershed Sciences, our first guest of 2022, answers these questions and many more.
Plus: we look back on 2021 to figure out who had the worst YEAR in California politics?
:42 Where are we on the drought?
3:22 Floods and fire: is this Climate Change?
4:39 What are the options in the face of drought, and do we need more reservoirs?
6:30 What will it take to recharge California’s aquifers?
8:32 What about infrastructure upgrades?
10:47 The Sierra snowpack
14:52 Other options to confront the drought?
19:27 “How Beer Saved the World”
20:09 What should the state be doing right now?
22:37 The #WorstYEARCA