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Whatcha Gonna Do When The Well Runs Dry?


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Irrigation canal in Buckeye, AZ. Source: Andrew Stelzer

Irrigation canal in Buckeye, AZ. Source: Andrew Stelzer

From Australia to Arizona, it’s become clear that humans are using water at an unsustainable rate. Many communities only respond with water restrictions during droughts, and in most cases development continues, making things worse.

On this edition, we’ll take a look at three growing communities facing water shortages along with the pressure to grow. We’ll hear their different approaches to finding solutions — including denial.


Jackie Meck, Buckeye Mayor and Former head of the Water Conservation and Drainage District; Lila Zatner, Decision Center for Desert City Research Assistant; Patrica Gober, Decision Center for Desert City Director and Arizona State University geography professor; Diane Ash, Tucson resident and camper, Fred Babby, Tucson resident and camper; Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor; Ursula Parch, Willits Water Wisdom member; Mike Chapman, Brooktrails Community Services District general Manager; Allan Falleri, City of Willits Community Development Director; Naikang Chang, Brooktrails property owner; Richard Estebrook, Brooktrails resident.

Executive Producer: Tena Rubio
Producer/Host: Andrew Stelzer
Contributing Producer: Christina Aanestad, KZYX&Z morning anchor
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Production Coordinator Elena Botkin-Levy
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Intern: Lakeisha Thomas


New World Water by Mos Def
Looking For Water by David Bowie
Tece Voda, Tece by Jarmila Novotná

For more information:

Patrica Gober – Tempe, AZ

Jackie Meck – Buckeye, AZ

Mike Chapman – Willits, CA

Ursula and David Parch

Allan Falleri – Willits , CA

Ellen Drell – Willits, CA

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – Sacramento, CA

For additional information:

Gov Schwarzenegger Declares Statewide drought

The Pacific Institute

Metropolitan Phoenix: Place Making and Community Building in the Desert
By Patricia Gober

Author: Radio Project

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