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UnDisciplined: Are oceans the solution to the West's water woes?

Snowpacks across the West are melting rapidly, and for the first time in a very long time, there seems to be enough water to go around. Which, of course is good, but also kind of bad – because we still need to figure out better long term water solutions. And those discussions tend to happen with more urgency when water is scarce.

Newsha Ajami is a water expert at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a hydrologist who specializes in sustainable water resource management.

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