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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:
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