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Swimming Upstream: Can Our Rivers Be Saved?


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New York's Hudson River

New York's Hudson River

Freshwater is our most vital natural resource. It’s a finite one too, although we don’t always treat it that way.  Contamination, overconsumption, misuse and abuse have made freshwater increasingly scarce around the world. So how do we protect our water supply? Many say start at the source––take care of the rivers. On this edition, we talk to river stewards across the U.S. working to protect, cleanup and restore our valuable fresh waterways.

This program is made possible in part by the Park Foundation.


Patrick Koepele, Tuolumne River Trust Deputy Executive Director; Alex Matthiesson, Riverkeeper Inc. President; Sharon Ruggi, CEASE member; Bonnie Smith, Croton Point Park beach-goer; Art Parola, University of Louisville Civil Engineering Professor and The Stream Institute Director; Cindy Harnett, University of Louisville Professor;

Dr. Dorothy Merritts, Franklin and Marshall College Geomorphology Professor.

For More Information:

Check out our bundle of water programs at:

Citizen Environmentalists Against Sludge Encapsulation (CEASE)
PO Box 388
Hudson Falls, NY 12839

Franklin and Marshall College
Department of Earth and Environment
PO Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604

828 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Tuolumne River Trust
67 Linoberg Street, Suite B
Sonora, CA 95370

University of Louisville
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
The Stream Institute
Louisville, KY 40292
800-334-UofL (8635)

Additional Information:

IEEE Spectrum inside technology

National Science Foundation
(more engineering features)

Blogs, Articles, Links:

Hudson River Community Advisory Group for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site

Fish Eating Advisory for the Hudson River:

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