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Tapped Out: Clean Water in Peril


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The Gowanus Canal, New York, NY.  Photo: brainware3000 on flickr

The Gowanus Canal, New York, NY. Photo: brainware3000 on flickr

Fresh water is our most essential natural resource. Yet worldwide, more than one billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. And it’s a sure bet that as water scarcity grows, so too will these alarming numbers. So how can we protect our fresh water resources? Where do we start?

On this edition, from a grassroots toxic canal clean up to a long-standing
watershed war, we’ll hear from U.S. water stewards across the country.
They’re people working to protect and restore our valuable fresh waterways
and to keep water resources part of a shared global commons.

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

Listen to the hour-long version of this program here:


‘Gowanus’ by Samara Freemark

Alex Coveleski, Gowanus Dredgers Member; Owen Foote, Dredgers Coordinator; Olivia Ford, NYC Student; Marco Dashev, Brooklyn Fashion Photographer and Gowanus canoer; Stephen Kline and Beatrice Aranow, first-time canoers.

‘Southeastern Water Wars’ by Marjorie Menzel

Johnny Richards, Franklin County Seafood Workers Association President; Kevin Begos, Franklin County Oyster and Seafood Industry Task Force
 Executive Director; Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper; Joseph “Smokey” Parrish, Franklin County Commissioner; Anita Grove, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Charlie Crist, Florida Governor; Sonny Perdue, Georgia Governor.

‘Living With Less Water’ by Rebecca Williams

Ellen Peterson, Florida Resident; Gary J. Ritter, Lake Okeechobee Area Water
Manager; Dr. Peter H. Gleick, Pacific Institute Co-founder and President.

This segment comes from “The Environment Report” which receives its funding
from The Park Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.

For more information:

Blue Planet Project

Citizen Environmentalists Against Sludge Encapsulation

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Network

Earth Justice

Food and Water Watch

The Greywater Action
(Greywater Guerillas)

La Red Vida

Polaris Institute


Tuolumne River Trust

Water Institute
 Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Blogs, Articles, Links:

Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering by Charles Duhigg 
The New York Times, Published: September 12, 2009
Clean Water Act Violations: The Enforcement Record Map, The New York Times
Find Water Polluters Near You, The New York Times
Harvesting Rain Water — courtesy of YouTube

Music: Raindrops by Avko
Eple by Roy Scopp

Author: Radio Project

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