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Can California’s Dams Withstand the Impacts of Climate Change?

Oroville Dam near-disaster that prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people living in low-lying communities has been a wake-up call for many Californians, who are asking whether other dams in the state could run into similar problems. Can California’s more than 1,400 dams withstand the pressure of our changing climate patterns? What needs to be done to ensure there aren’t similar problems as Oroville’s with other dams? Show host and Earth Island Journal editor, Maureen Nandini Mitra, discusses these questions with water expert Deborah Moore and Eric Wesselman, executive director of Friends of the River.

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