California Scientists Propose Covering Canals With Solar Panels To Reduce Evaporation
Water is becoming increasingly scarce across the Western U.S., and scientists are looking for ways to preserve what we do have.
Researchers in California have come up with an idea they say would save water by preventing evaporation: covering the state’s nearly 4,000 miles of canals with solar panels. They also say that’d generate renewable energy without having to build a big solar field.
Brandi McKuin, a postdoctoral researcher in the environmental studies department at UC Santa Cruz, is one of the scientists working on this.
The Show spoke with her to learn about some of the potential benefits of doing this.