Megadroughts, Pt. 2: The Present
Earlier this spring, Oakley joined the nearby town of Henefer in banning some new construction out of concerns about available water. It’s an usual step for our growing state, but as historic drought continues to grip the West, these are the kinds of hard decisions our region is facing.
This Friday at noon, we’re looking at what makes this drought so exceptional and how it’s already impacting the way we live. Climatologists say we can only expect things to get drier around here, so how are people and places adapting to what appears to be the new, more arid normal? We’ll also ask what we can learn from Cape Town, South Africa, which, just a few years ago, faced the very real possibility we may soon find ourselves confronting: no more water.
- Brett Walton is a reporter with the nonprofit water-centered newsroom Circle of Blue. Read his article, Cape Town's Harrowing Journey to the Brink of Water Catastrophe.
- Royce Larson is a rancher in Park Valley, Utah.
- Jack Healy is a reporter for the New York Times covering the Rocky Mountain region. Read his article, A Drought So Dire That a Utah Town Pulled the Plug on Growth.
- William Anderegg is an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the Uniceristy of Utah, where his research focuses on the intersection of ecosystems and climate change.