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Severe. Brutal. Historic. Devastating. Dangerous.These words are being used by scientists, environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, tourism officials, emergency managers, and a host of other specialists across Nevada to describe the drought.As we enter the fourth year of drought, and as temperatures rise this summer, the state will face myriad challenges relating to everything from agriculture to wildfires to water conservation. That's why KUNR is talking to community members and experts alike, bringing you the latest updates on this natural disaster. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________This special series from the Reno Public Radio news team provided detailed reports and tips throughout the week of April 27-May 1 on water availability, ranching, residential landscaping, native plants and fire danger. Hear and read about the stories below.Email us with your feedback about this series.

Do We Have Enough Water?

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The Sierra Nevada is experiencing the most dismal snowpack in a century, causing many people to worry about the water supply.

“We really need to be much more conservative, and we all need to cut back,” Sandy Rogers said.

“There’s an enormous number of people; we all want water," Oscar Salgado said. "There’s more people every day, and apparently there’s less water every day.”

“I’m nervous that there’s not going to be any water left," Katherine Gonzalez said.  "If you look at the Truckee River right now, it looks like a creek.”

KUNR caught up with Rogers, Salgado and Gonzalez  at a shopping plaza off Virginia Street in Reno.  To address their concerns, Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with John Erwin who heads up water planning at the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

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This interview is part of Reno Public Radio's series about the drought.

Anh is a contributing editor for the KUNR news team and has been with the station since 2014. She is an alumna of the Boston University School of Public Health and Teachers College, Columbia University.
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