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Lauren Sommer

Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.

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Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

August 30, 2014 | 9:02 am

Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

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In a move that some believed would never happen in California, legislators approved three reform bills.

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After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

August 26, 2014 | 8:59 am

After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

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U.S. Forest Service will release plans for trees in burn zone. Some say logging will destroy habitat.

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A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

August 18, 2014 | 7:23 am

A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

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Scientists work on recovery plan for vast swaths of burned-out forest in and near Yosemite.

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California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

July 31, 2014 | 9:09 am

California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

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New Stanford analysis of state’s groundwater finds ‘alarming lack of information’ about crucial resource. Read more …

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

July 14, 2014 | 8:32 am

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

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A proposed moratorium on fracking, stalled in the Legislature, fracking opponents are taking the fight to the county level.

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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

July 14, 2014 | 8:13 am

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

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California’s new regulations for hydraulic fracturing will be delayed by months after state legislators approved the change in June.

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As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

June 23, 2014 | 9:45 am

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

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‘Crisis mode’ in Central Valley as some farmers increase groundwater pumping at possible expense to neighbors. Read more …

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Dueling Drought Strategies: Save More Water? Or Store More Water?

June 11, 2014 | 10:46 am

Dueling Drought Strategies: Save More Water? Or Store More Water?

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An old debate has taken on new urgency as California watches its water supplies dwindle. Read more …

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

June 5, 2014 | 7:30 am

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

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Wildlife officials confirm that OR7, a wolf that has visited California, has had two pups in Oregon.

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California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

May 22, 2014 | 8:49 am

California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

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There’s more than meets the eye to the reported reassessment of the state’s next big oil play. …read more

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