On Television

Clara Ann Yarian getting water
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.

On the Radio

drop of water from a hose
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.

Program Schedule

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7

Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Radio Guests

Amy KlabundeWater Resource Engineer with Aurora Water in Aurora, Colo.
Dave MooreExecutive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
Marsha PrillwitzProject Manager with the California Urban Water Conservation Council
Mark SvobodaClimatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center
Jerry SeeberGeneral Manager of Tampa Bay Water

Video extras

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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Florida Matters tackles tough issues, highlights little-known stories from our part of the world, and provides a greater perspective of what it means to live in the Sunshine State.

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