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Tapped Out: Clean Water in Peril (hour-long special)


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

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

A half-hour version of this program is available here.

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.


‘Protecting the Tuolumne River’ by Tena Rubio and Rita Daniels

Patrick Koepele, Tuolumne River Trust Deputy Executive Director.

‘Cleaning Up the Gowanus Canal’ by Samara Freemark:
Alex Coveleski, Member, Gowanus Dredgers; Owen Foote, Dredgers Coordinator; Olivia Ford, NYC student, 11 years old; Marco Dashev, Fashion Photographer; Stephen Kline and Beatrice Aranow, First-Time Canoers.

‘Hudson River Corporate Clean-up’ by Amber Cortes
Bonnie Smith, Croton Point Park Beach-Goer; Alex Matthiesson, Riverkeeper Inc. President; Sharon Ruggi, CEASE member.

‘Tri-State 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; Florida Gov. Charlie Crist; Georgia Goveronor Sonny Perdue.

‘Town in Tennessee Runs Out of Water’ by John Sepulvado
Tony Reams, Orme, Tennessee Mayor; Yancy Payne, Orme Resident; Joe Cook, Head of the Coosa Basin River Initiative; Greg Hyde, Kayaker.

Droughts in the Southeast’ by The Environment Report‘s 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.

‘Clean Water Action Interview’
Making Contact‘s Andrew Stelzer interviews Jennifer Clary, Water Policy
Analyst with Clean Water Action.

‘Great Lakes Fish Linked to Diabetes’ by The Environment Report‘s Gabriel Spitzer
Ray Penn and Patrick Duhann, Fishermen; Mary Turick, University of Illinois at Chicago Researcher; Tamara Dupreval, Family Doctor;
This segment comes from The Environment Report which receives funding from the Park Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.

For more information:

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
122 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320

Blue Planet Project
c/o The Council of Canadians
170 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5

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

Clean Water Action (National Office)
4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite A-300
Washington, DC 20008

Clean Water Network
1200 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005

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

Food and Water Watch
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 225
Washington, DC 20036

Franklin County Commissioner
33 Market Street, Suite 203
Apalachicola, FL 32320

Franklin County Seafood Workers Association

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

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
PO Box 24403
Brooklyn, NY 11202

The Greywater Action
(Greywater Guerillas)

La Red Vida

Office of Governor Charlie Crist
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Office of Governor Sonny Perdue
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Polaris Institute
180 Metcalfe Street, Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K2P 1P5

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)

Water Institute
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
707- 874-1557 x 206

Additional Information:

Blue Planet Project
170 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5

Corporate Accountability International
10 Milk Street, Suite 610
Boston, MA 02108
920 Main Street, Suite 1800
Kansas City, MO 64105

Blogs, Articles, Links:

Clean Water Act Violations: The Enforcement Record Map
The New York Times

Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering by Charles Duhigg
The New York Times, Published: September 12, 2009

Find Water Polluters Near You
The New York Times

Harvesting Rain Water — courtesy of YouTube


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