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California Legislator Eyes Plan To Ship Water From Alaska

A California lawmaker is considering a plan to bring billions of gallons of water from Alaska to ease the ongoing drought.

California has been under drought conditions the last three years, sparking water shortages, wildfires and mass tree die-off across the state.

An Alaskan company has been courting California with a plan to ship up to 9 billion gallons of water from a lake near Sitka.

State lawmaker Janice Hahn is taking the idea seriously, calling it an “idea worth exploring.” She met with executives with Alaska Bulk Water in September to talk over details.

Water shipped in tankers would cost the state about 6 cents per gallon, which is 12 times the rate California currently pays for its water.

The state would also have to upgrade infrastructure to offload and store the water, Hahn told USA Today. “It seems a little expensive at this point,” she said.

Read More:

  • California Lawmaker Hopes To Refill State’s Wells … From Alaska (Grist)
  • Lawmaker Looks At Proposal To Ship Water From Alaska To Parched California (USA Today)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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