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Waves of Change, Rivers of Doubt: Global Water Issues and Solutions (hour-long special)


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Water… it’s the source of all life. 70 percent of the planet is covered in it, and more than half of your body is made up of it. We use water everyday to refresh, revive, to subsist… yet, water resources are growing increasingly scarce around the world and access to potable water is alarmingly difficult in some regions.

In this special, hour-long edition, we look at some core water issues affecting people around the world, including privatization, access to clean water, desalination technology, bottled water debates, and non-point source pollution.

For a free Listener Packet of additional print material on water issues, email us or call 800-529-5736.

Support for this program comes in part from the PRX Reversioning Project.

Senior Producer/Host/Writer: Tena Rubio.
Contributing Producers: Robynn Takayama, Lester Graham (GLRC – Great Lakes Radio Consortium), Sarah Olson, Sarah Meehan, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Shawn Allee.
Senior Mixing Engineer: Stephanie Welch


“Headline News” – Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch; Eric Olson, NY Advocacy Center/Natural Resources Defense Council; Wilma Subra, Subra Company.

“Water Privatization” – Kapua Sproat, Earth Justice; Duke Sevilla, Hui o Na Wai `Eha; Alan M. Arakawa, Mayor of Maui; Avery Chumbley, Wailuku Water Company; Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch; Geoffrey Segal, Reason Foundation.

GLRC’s “Ten Threats: Bottled Water Diversion Debate” – Chuck Swartzle, Besco Water Treatment, Inc.; William E. Lobenherz, Michigan Soft Drink Association; Dave Dempsey, Clean Water Action Great Lakes.

“Bottled Water Debate” – Stephen Kay, International Bottled Water Association; Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Access to Clean Water (Ghana)” – Pascalina, resident of Maamobi; Patrick Apoya, Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS); Ben Ampomah, Water Resources Commission; Michael Agyeman, Ghana Water Company; Leo Shang-Quartey, The Ghana National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water (NCAP).

“Desalination” – Karl B. Stinson, Alameda County Water District; Dr. Peter Gleick, The Pacific Institute; Richard Stover, Energy Recovery Inc.; Conner Everts, California Statewide De-Sal Response Group.

GLRC’s “Ten Threats: Rethinking Urban Runoff” – Brian Bell, EPA; Grace Troccolo, Chicago Center Green Technology; Dr. Stephen Bocking, Trent University.

For more information:

Alameda County Water District
43885 South Grimmer Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538

Besco Water Treatment, Inc.

California Statewide De-Sal Response Group
2515 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

City of Chicago Department of Environment
Chicago Center for Green Technology (Chicago Green Tech)
445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60612-1711

Clean Water Action – National Office
4455 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite A300
Washington, DC 20008

Clean Water Network
1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-289-2421; Fax: 202-289-1060;

Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS)
PMB KA 24, Airport
Accra, GHANA
233-21-25 08 16;

Earth Justice
223 South King Street, #400
Honolulu, HI 96813-4501

Energy Recovery Inc.
1908 Doolittle Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577

Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8 CANADA
705-748-1011 ext.1520 or 705-748-1569;

Environmental Working Group
1436 U St. NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009

Food and Water Watch
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 225
Washington, DC 20036
202-797-6550; Fax: 202-797-6560;

Ghana Water Company
PO Box MB 194
Accra, GHANA
233-21-66 67 81

The Ghana National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water (NCAP)
c/o The Trades Union Congress, Hall of Trade Unions
PO Box 701
Accra, GHANA
233-21- 66 25 68

Hui o Na Wai `Eha
c/o John and Rose Marie Duey
575A Iao Valley
Wailuku, HI 96793-3007

International Bottled Water Association
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 650
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-5213; Fax: 703-683-4074; Info Hotline: 1-800-WATER-11;

Mayor, County of Maui
200 South High Street
Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
808-270-7855; fax: 808-270-8073;

Michigan Soft Drink Association
517-371-4499; Fax: 517-371-1113

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-727-2700; fax: 212-727-1773

National Response Center
(sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills)
Toll-free: 1-800-424-8802

The Pacific Institute
654 13th Street,
Preservation Park
Oakland, CA 94612

The Reason Foundation
3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90034

River Network
520 SW 6th Avenue #1130
Portland, OR 97204
503-241-3506; Fax 503-241-9256;

Subra Company
PO Box 9813
New Iberia, LA 70562

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – region 5

Wailuku Water Company
255 E Waiko Rd.,
Wailuku HI 96793-9355
808-244-9570; Fax: 808-242-7068

Water Resources Commission
PO Box CT 5630
Accra, GHANA

Other helpful links:

Drinking Water Information – Biological Indicators of Watershed Health

Water Resources in the US – U.S. Geological Survey
(guide to America’s water resources)

Water Quality Information Center – National Agriculture Library
(list of over 1,000 web sites related to all aspects of water quality)

EPA’s Clean Water Through Conservation

Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Great Lakes Radio Consortium

Author: Radio Project

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