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"Not A Drop To Drink" Ken Midkiff

Ken Midkiff

Please visit Ken Midkiff's website for very important information related to CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and the growing Water Crisis. He has just started a podcast and will be adding more audio in the weeks and months to come. Here is the address to his website: http://www.kmidkiff.com.

Information about "NOT A DROP TO DRINK: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do)" can be found at: http://www.newworldlibrary.com/productdetails.cfm?PC= 491

Visit the CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) section of the site to hear more audio by Ken Midkiff: http://h2opodcast.com/CAFO.html#km

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Many thanks to The Allegheny Front for permission to link to this radio interview. Please visit their webpage: http://AlleghenyFront.org and subscribe to their podcast at: http://feeds.feedburner.com/alleghenyfront

====>Click to hear "Earth's Bounty: America's Water Crisis and Agriculture "

Meat, watermelon, rice, and other foods require a lot of water to grow. And water is becoming scarce in major growing areas. That could increase demand for foods grown in our region. These ideas are explored in the new book Not A Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis [And What You Can Do]. The author, Ken Midkiff, is on the Board of Directors of Concerned Citizens for Clean Water and is co-chair of the National Clean Water Network. He recently spoke with The Allegheny Front's Jennifer Szweda Jordan. It's part of our Earth's Bounty series on food and the environment. Air date: Week of 08/08/2007

Copyright © 2007, 2008 The Allegheny Front, All Rights Reserved.

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Many thanks to WVXU Cincinnati for permission to link to the following interview. This interview originally was broadcast on the Cincinnati Edition, produced by 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati. Please visit their webpage: http://WVXU.org and subscribe to one of their many podcasts http://WVXU.org/podcasts/.

====>Click to hear "Field Notes: Not A Drop To Drink"

Thane Maynard talks with author Ken Midkiff about his new book Not a Drop to Drink: America’s Water Crisis (and What You Can Do). In it, Midkiff argues that the U.S. Water supply is facing a state of emergency. Air date: 08/05/2007

Copyright © 2007, 2008 Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc., All Rights Reserved.

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Many thanks to Wisconsin Public Radio for their high quality programing. Please visit their webpage: http://www.wpr.org

====>Click to hear "Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis"
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Jim Packard in for Kathleen Dunn
We often think about oil shortages, but a far more important resource... water, is disappearing altogether. Jim Packard's guest, after ten, discusses how we're losing our water, and what we can do about it. Guest: Ken Midkiff, co-chair, National Clean Water Network. Author, "Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do)". Air date: 07/30/2007

Copyright © 2007, 2008 WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO, Inc., All Rights Reserved.

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Playa Country

Playa Country is produced by the Playa Lakes Joint Venture and High Plains Public Radio. The program is aired on rural radio stations across the Joint Venture region and is funded in part by the Lannan Foundation.

Playa Country will focus on the values of playas and efforts to conserve them, as well as other wetlands, rivers, streams and grasslands that support the rich High Plains wildlife heritage. Shows will feature interviews with landowners, biologists, resource managers, community leaders and others who are actively conserving wildlife habitat in the High Plains, and will provide listeners with local contacts and information on conservation programs, events and other opportunities to get involved.

Playas are shallow, seasonal wetlands that serve as recharge basins for the Ogallala Aquifer and provide critical habitat for hundreds of wildlife species. The wetlands are unique to the High Plains region with more than 60,000 in a six-state area of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Please visit the Playa Country Radio Series website: http://www.pljv.org/cms/playa-country-radio

Click the following Links to hear each radio program

2010 Programs

*Apr. 5, 2010: Snowy Plovers - At the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge there are significantly more snowy plovers than once thought. Learn why their numbers are larger
* Mar. 29, 2010: Restoring the Jamestown Area - In North Central Kansas, a wetland once choked by cattails now welcomes wildlife and humans alike.
* Mar. 22, 2010: Endangered Species Act - Learn more about the process of listing species as endangered.
* Mar. 15, 2010: Collaboration in Colorado - The renewable energy community and the conservation community are working together to address environmental concerns in Colorado.
* Mar. 8, 2010: Keeping an Eye on the 2012 Farm Bill - Conservationists in the southwestern Great Plains region will be looking to see how well the Grasslands Reserve Program is funded in the next federal Farm Bill.
* Mar. 1, 2010: Science-based Guidance & Decision Support - PLJV provides science-based guidance and decision support tools for bird conservation in the region.
* Feb. 22, 2010: "Ground Truthing" Maps - Keeping the maps of the vast Playa Lakes Joint Venture service region up-to-date is a daunting task, but GIS technologies make it easier.
* Feb. 15, 2010: Communicating Conservation - A graduate student at Harvard is designing a communications network aimed at promoting conservation of the Ogallala Aquifer and playa lakes.
* Feb. 8, 2010: Following the Farm Bill - Learn ways to track the Farm Bill and make your voice heard.
* Feb. 1, 2010: Being a Conservation Professional - Working in the conservation field no longer means that one necessarily is a government employee.
* Jan. 25, 2010: Mid-winter Waterfowl Survey - Every year the mid-winter waterfowl survey is conducted. Here's more on how and why they count them.
* Jan. 19, 2010: Project BEAK Bird Education Website - There's new, content-rich educational website about the birds of Nebraska. You don't have to be a student or a Nebraskan to find the site informative and fun.
* Jan. 11, 2010: Private Landowners & Wind Energy - Landowners can learn the process of leasing space for wind energy and what they should be aware of when approached about a potential project.
* Jan. 2, 2010: Who Ya Gonna Call? - When it comes to deciphering the twists and turns of public policy, or voicing your opinion on those policies, who do you contact and how?

2009 Programs

* Dec. 28, 2009: Wing Bees - What impact do wing bees have in determining the annual waterfowl harvest?
* Dec. 21, 2009: Oklahoma Burn Indemnity Fund - Landowners in Oklahoma may soon have a new source of insurance to protect against losses associated with liability for prescribed burn accidents. But the fund needs money.
* Dec. 14, 2009: Liability for Prescribed Burning - What's the liability faced when landowners participate in a prescribed burn?
* Dec. 7, 2009: Wetlands Reserve Program - A Natural Resources Conservation Service program can help landowners afford to restore playas that have been lost to development.
* Nov. 30, 2009: Restoring Riparian Areas, the Neighborly Way - The National Wild Turkey Federation is making efforts to restore riparian areas along the Canadian River.
* Nov. 23, 2009: The Child's Playa - In Southeast Colorado, one local school district is making a special effort to teach fifth-graders about the playa lakes in their home region.
* Nov. 16, 2009: Long-billed Curlews: How many are out there? - The Curlew population is higher than originally anticipated, but the bird isn't out of the woods yet.
* Nov. 9, 2009: Texas Playa Maps - The Center for Geospatial Technologies at Texas Tech has mapped the playas of the High Plains in West Texas...and the work continues.
* Nov. 2, 2009: Duck Stamps: How do they help ducks? - More on what the program is and how it benefits ducks and other waterfowl.
* Oct. 26, 2009: Mapping Ogallala Aquifer Levels in Llano Estacado Region - Researchers at Texas Tech have mapped the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas. Maps also depict center-pivot locations.
* Oct. 19, 2009: Seasonality of Playas - Here are the basics of seasonal wetlands on the High Plains and their changing roles in providing habitat.
* Oct. 12, 2009: Managing Groundwater in the Texas Panhandle - How much of the Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas Panhandle should be remaining in 50 years? Eighty percent? Fifty percent? Forty? Desired future conditions differ by locality.
* Oct. 5, 2009: Kearney County CRP Experience - Hear about a fellow farmer's experience with the Conservation Reserve Program.
* April 27, 2009: Noise in Nature
* April 20, 2009: Going With the Grain
* April 13, 2009: Integrated Conservation: How bird conservation is helping other species
* April 6, 2009: Unsettled Landing: What to do when endangered birds settle on your land

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