Florida's Drought

Florida's Drought

We play in it, clean with it, cook with it, admire it, and depend on it for survival. We're talking about water and the delicate relationship our state has with this natural resource. This week we examine the current water crisis. Joshua Stewart Visits the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant. Host Irene Maher interviews the author of "Mirage, Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S." We find out more about the upcoming Drought Summit in Tampa, and hear from area farmers about alternative ways to grow crops. Irene meets with a local gardening expert to learn tips for dealing with new water restrictions. Larry Elliston introduces us to a group of people who take water conservation to the next level.

Weathering the Drought

After three years of below-average rainfall, the rivers are low and the reservoir is empty. Water managers and local governments have imposed the tightest water-use restrictions ever. But out West, communities have been dealing with drought for decades. What can we learn from them? We'll talk about some of the best ways those areas are planning for - and withstanding - drought conditions.

Water Resource Engineer with Aurora Water in Aurora, Colo.
Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
Project Manager with the California Urban Water Conservation Council
Climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center
General Manager of Tampa Bay Water

Video Extras

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Irene Maher sits down with Robyn Felix, from the Southwest Water Management District, to talk about the upcoming Regional Water Shortage Management Workshop, also known as the "Drought Summit." The workshop is being held at the Tampa Convention Center on May 5.

Florida Matters asks area residents how they're coping with the water restrictions.

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Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the host of "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, trans-portation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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