It’s been 40 years since the clean water act was signed into law. The goal was to assure safe water quality for the environment, humans and wildlife. But with new contaminants, population growth, and climate change, the landscape of our water supply has been transformed. Meanwhile, regulation is being framed by some as an enemy of progress. On this edition; a look at how we manage our water in the twenty-first century. Are we doing too little…or are we trying to control too much?
Thanks to The Park Foundation for funding this program.
Alex Prud’Homme, Journalist and Author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century; Jon Rosenfield, Bay Institute conservation biologist; Richard Nixon, former president of the United States; William Ruckelshaus, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator; Tom Ries, Ecosphere Restoration Institute president; Sonny Vergara, former Southwest Florida Water Management District executive director; Robin Felix, Southwest Florida Water Management District media relations manager; Mary Jean Yon, Audubon Florida lobbyist; Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa mayor.
Moves to Privatize Water Management in Florida? Does water belong to the public? What happens if management of the water supply is shifted into private hands? Those are some of the questions being asked in Florida, under their new governor, Rick Scott. Making Contact producer Andrew Stelzer has more on the battle that’s brewing for the future of the sunshine states’ precious freshwater supply.
For More Information:
The Pacific Institute
The Bay Institute
Food and Water Watch
Clean Water Action
Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)
Ecosphere Restoration Institute
Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve
Audubon of Florida
City of Tampa Wastewater Department
The Blue Planet Project
Steven Solomon’s The Water Blog
Environmental Protection Agency
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