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The future of desalination in Santa Barbara and California

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history. Santa Barbara’s approach is to reopen its long-closed desalination plant. Is that the city’s best option?

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history.

In the midst of this drought, communities are trying to address their current water needs as well as develop long-term strategies. Santa Barbara’s approach is to reopen its long-closed desalination plant.

Is that the city’s best option? Will the water produced be affordable? Will Ocean life be harmed?

AirTalk Overtime:

The conversation continued after the broadcast with Q&A from the audience:

Guests:

Sara Aminzadeh, executive director California Coastkeeper Alliance

Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA

Joe Geever, environmental consultant for Surfrider

Bob Harding, resources and system analysis manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Helene Schneider, mayor of  Santa Barbara and candidate for Congress

Robert H. Sulnick, executive director of Orange County Water Independence Sustainability & Efficiency (OC WISE)

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