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WOMEN FOR WISE GROWTH ANNOUNCES WATER-FOCUSED FORUM
Women for Wise Growth will sponsor a free public forum, "Wise Choices,
or Fools for Growth?" in the Durham County Main Library auditorium on
Wednesday, April 2 from 7-9 p.m.
The forum will focus on the relationship between our available
resources, particularly water, and public policies on development. It
will be continued on April 24. The two-part series is designed to help
citizens better understand several crucial issues facing Durham County
in the weeks leading up to the May 6 election: Are we growing wisely?
Do we have the resources to handle the growth patterns that we
currently see in this area? Have we reached the outer limits of
sustainable growth? Do we need shifts in policy to reflect the reality
of drought? Discussion will follow the presentations as time allows.
Speaking on April 2 will be: Bill Holman, senior fellow at the
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke
University. Holman is former executive director of the Clean Water
Management Trust Fund, and former Secretary of the N.C. Department of
Environment and Natural Resources. He has been affiliated with Duke
Mark Chilton, Mayor of Carrboro, will also speak. Chilton, an
attorney, served on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen before being
elected Mayor in 2005. He became the youngest person ever elected to
public office in North Carolina when he was sent to the Chapel Hill
Town Council in 1991. Chilton has been particularly concerned with
environmental, growth and housing policies throughout his career.
Syd Miller, Water Resources Program Manager for the Triangle J Council
of Governments, will round out the program. His team provides planning
and management services for water resources to local governments,
state and federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Miller
is Fellow of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, and holds a
Master's degree in regional planning from UNC-CH. His recent work
includes the Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project.
WOMEN FOR WISE GROWTH HOSTS 2nd FORUM ON WATER RESOURCES
"From the Watershed to the Tap: Promoting change to preserve the
quantity and quality of our water supply" will be the theme of Women for
Wise Growth's second free public forum on Thursday, April 24. The event
will be held in the Durham County Main Library auditorium from 7-9 p.m.
The forum will focus directly on the relationship between growth and our
regional water supplies. Speakers from neighboring counties will
consider Durham's public policies on development and watershed
Durham draws its drinking water from the Neuse Basin, but discharges its
effluent-and is building heavily-in the Haw River watershed/Cape Fear
Basin, which includes Jordan Lake. Elaine Chiosso, Executive Director of
the Haw River Assembly and an expert on water quality issues, will speak
about Durham's relationship to Jordan Lake. In addition to running the
influential grass-roots water protection program of the Haw River
Assembly, Chiosso is a member of Chatham County's Environmental Review
Board and was named by Gov. Easley to the NC Sedimentation Control
Commission in 2006. She is expected to discuss such issues as the impact
of mass grading and its associated erosion on water quality.
Also speaking on April 24 will be Barry Jacobs, chair of the Orange
County Board of Commissioners. He has been a Commissioner since 1998,
and throughout his time on the Board has been particularly concerned
with growth policies and environmental responsibility. He is expected to
discuss balancing growth with watershed protection, careful land-use
planning, and the preservation of open space. His many civic roles
include membership on the NC Commission on Smart Growth, Growth
Management and Development.
Women for Wise Growth's two-part forum series is designed to help
citizens better understand, in the weeks leading up to the May 6
election, several crucial issues concerning growth and natural resources
facing Durham County. The April 2 forum focused on the realities of the
drought cycle and brought out many important facts regarding water
availability, water usage and population pressures on this vital
resource. Speaker bios and audio recordings from that event are
available at http://h2opodcast.com/water3.html#wwg. Blogger Kevin Davis
posted an extensive report at
The Durham County Main Library is located at 300 N. Roxboro St., between
Holloway and Liberty Streets, in downtown Durham. It is fully
accessible, with plenty of parking.
Women for Wise Growth is an ad hoc group of Durham County women
concerned with resource management and good government. WWG has no
institutional structure or affiliations. For more information, call
Julia Borbely-Brown at 688-9479, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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"Waves of Change, Rivers of Doubt: Global Water Issues and Solutions" (hour-long special)
"Making Contact" #34-06 August 23, 2006 - produced by National Radio Project
Water... it's the source of all life. 70 percent of the planet is
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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society.
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Water is essential to survival. Yet access to fresh, clean water has
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privatize water services in Lagos, Nigeria, and we'll hear about how
activists in Maui, Hawaii are working to recover the island's water
sources for public use.
Access to clean water is a matter of life and death for poor people across the globe. And that's the reality over one billion face today.
On this edition, we'll hear about the problem of water domestically and
abroad, and the community organizers who are creating solutions. People
in cities ranging from Manilla in the Philippines to Felton, California
are thirsting for change.
Millions of lives torn apart, a city in ruins, and a government in denial. No doubt, Katrina is one of the most catastrophic and costly events ever to hit the U.S.
In this first part of a special series, hear the powerful stories from those who survived and find out how you can help with the relief efforts in your local communities and beyond.
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into the shores of the southern U.S. coastline and we'll talk to a water
expert who explains what the people in the gulf coast might be up
against in the coming months.
The World Bank predicts that two-thirds of the world¹s population will
not have enough fresh drinking water by the year 2025. Instead of
protecting existing supplies, promoting conservation or helping
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Ghana, Bolivia, and the United States.
Only a slim percentage of the world's water is usable for human
consumption. More than 97 percent of it is salt water. In some areas,
where there are shortages of fresh water, people are turning to
desalination plants - facilities that can remove salt from ocean water.
On this program, we take a look at this technology, and what it means
for the environment and our outlook for water supply.
Over one billion people throughout the world lack the most basic water
supply. At the same time, agribusiness and other industries are rapidly
depleting remaining fresh water sources. On this program, we take a look
at the global water supply and the push for privatization.
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Over the last 25 years, we have approached the appreciation of water in many different ways.
In this presentation we visualized the water in a relaxing water journey and tried to carry that same relaxed feeling as we looked at the hard core issues as they have been distilled by the Water Committeee of the Continental Bioregional Congresses since 1984.
Recognizing our part in the water cycles, thanking the water and being present to the water are changes in consciousness that I believe must occur for us to share water and use it wisely. Water is living, wanting to be known.
Barbara Harmony has been a community organizer for 45 years. In 1979, she became a water advocate and cofounded the National Water Center. http://www.nationalwatercenter.org.
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She has served as coordinator for the Water Committee of the Bioregional Movement since 1984.
In 1999, after being invited on a tour of Bolivia and Peru to learn to do ceremony at Sacred Sites. she began to work on the http://www.planetaryhealer.net
website as a way to link people giving thanks to the Water.
As a practicing bioregionalist she lives in a little house in the woods, heats with a woodstove has a compost toilet., collects rainwater, is vegetarian and eats locally grown food.
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Pond scum just might be the answer to solving the CO2 woes of the Industrial Age. Host Bruce Gellerman visits with Dr. Isaac Berzin, founder of GreenFuel Technologies Corporation. Berzin is working on a prototype that uses algae to convert power plant emissions into biofuels. (5:15)
Researchers have discovered a Texas-sized area of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. Composed primarily of plastic garbage from landlubbers, the area has become both a major threat to marine life and a frightening example of how polluted our oceans are. Living on Earth speaks with Adam Walters, a scientist for Greenpeace who is monitoring the vortex aboard the vessel Esperanza. (5:15)
Wetlands are disappearing at an astonishing rate across the United States. Private companies have come up with a profitable solution to counter the loss. Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn reports on the problems and potential of this booming environmental industry known as "wetland mitigation banking." (6:00)
When Ryan Hreljac was six years old he learned that many areas around
the world did not have access to clean water. Ryan decided to raise
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village and the boys became penpals and fast friends. Ten years later,
Ryan and Jimmy join host Steve Curwood to share their story and to
discuss Ryan's continuing efforts to bring water to other struggling
In 1970, oceanographer Jacques Cousteau visited Blue Spring in Florida
to film a documentary on the manatees that depended on its warm water
for their survival. Boat traffic and harassment had turned their winter
safe haven into a danger zone. Jacques Cousteau's grandson, Philippe,
brings us the story of the manatee's new fight for survival in the face
of development and Florida's rising demand for water. (15:30)
In Mexico, the production of worn-out jeans has environmentalists
singing the blues. Manufacturing methods send chemicals into nearby
waterways. Jana Schroeder reports on how environmental authorities do
and don't enforce Mexican environmental laws (10:00)
Although we don't pay them much attention, when sewer systems fail the
consequences are far worse than the smell might indicate. Julie Grant of
WKSU in Kent, Ohio, goes underground to find out what's wrong with our
nation's sewage systems. (6:30)
A year after Hurricane Katrina, critics of the EPA say the health
hazards in New Orleans are under-researched and under-regulated. Living
on Earth talks with Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist with the
Natural Resources Defense Council, who is on the ground in New Orleans
testing the quality of the air, sediment, and water. (5:30)
Marsh grass is dying in wetlands in the northeastern U.S. and scientists
are having a hard time finding out what's causing this "sudden wetland
dieback." Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn visited some sick wetlands and
has our story. (5:00)
There was a time when the San Francisco Bay was replete with native
oysters. But it's been many years now since they were contaminated and
fished out. As part of efforts to restore the Bay, Andrea Kissack of
KQED reports scientists are trying to bring back these useful and
sought-after mollusks. (6:00)
Mexico City gets almost 30 inches of rain each year, but most of it runs
out to the ocean through extensive drainage systems. During the summer
rains, the streets flood and the aquifers are not refilling fast enough
to keep the water supply at a constant level. A group of entrepreneurs
believe they have a solution to the city's water problems with a
material called "Ecocreto." Conrad Fox reports. (9:00)
Dead zones--large areas of water with little oxygen--occur when excess
fertilizer and untreated sewage seep into the waters. The dead zones are
usually seasonal and they cause fish and other bottom-dwelling animals
to move outside the area to avoid being suffocated. Much underwater life
also dies. Since the 1960s the number of dead zones worldwide has
doubled with each passing decade. In Lake Erie, a massive multiyear
study is underway to study how the lake's ecosystem is affected by its
dead zone. Producer Mhari Saito has our report. (6:00)
The US Supreme Court is split on whether the Clean Water Act protects
all wetlands. Living On Earth's Jeff Young tells us what's next for
wetlands protection and what the decision tells us about the court's
newest members. (7:00)
The Bush Administration has officially limited the use of snowmobiles in
national parks and has created a massive marine protected area as a
national monument off the Hawaiian coast. Are these signals of a new
environmental direction for the administration? Host Steve Curwood talks
with Terry Anderson, executive director of the Property and
Environmental Research Center in Bozeman, Montana.
Fish stocks crashed in the U.S. in the late 80's, prompting the
government to require rebuilding plans for all overfished species. Host
Steve Curwood turns to Professor Andy Rosenberg, of the University of
New Hampshire, who has just completed a ten-year assessment of fish
population rebuilding efforts in the U.S., to find out how the
recovery's going. (5:00)
Lake Okeechobee, the second largest lake in the contiguous US, has been
called the "Liquid Heart" of Florida, and a 143-mile dike keeps it from
spilling over. But new maps from the Army Corps show weaknesses in the
walls that could mean disaster for the communities around the lake if a
massive hurricane were to breach the dike. Host Steve Curwood talks with
Associated Press reporter Brian Skoloff about why the Corps is keeping
the maps under wraps. (7:15)
Straightened, lined with concrete, filled with treated sewage, is there
still a river in the Los Angeles River? Angelenos are saying yes, and
demanding that planners and engineers go to lengths, even great lengths,
to bring back a stream Los Angeles can call its own. Ilsa Setziol
Red tide hits the world's coasts every year when toxic algae bloom
offshore and are swept into coastal waters. But there's a parasite that
destroys red tide algae and could one day be used to fend off the toxic
blooms. Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn reports. (5:00)
Spring comes alive in central North Dakota, near the Chase Lake National
Wildlife Refuge. Nature recordist and photographer Lang Elliott gives
Living on Earth host Steve Curwood a tour of a cattail marsh and the
birds we're likely to find there. (7:00)
You may have heard the snows of Kilimanjaro are fast disappearing. It
turns out, so are the forests. Reporter Kate Davidson spent time with
scientists and local farmers in Tanzania to look at the combined effect
of tree-cutting and climate change in this installment of the series
Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet. (14:00)
The Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act is up for renewal and there are
several proposals on the table. U.S. fish stocks have been steadily
recovering since they crashed in the early nineties, and that's leading
some fishermen to ask for reduced fishing regulations. But others
believe that staying the conservation course will ensure robust
fisheries in the future. Living on Earth's Ashley Ahearn reports. (6:00)
David Helvarg might be the ocean's biggest fan. He started the
non-profit environmental organization, Blue Frontier, back in 2003 and
he's been working to make blue the new green ever since. Host Bruce
Gellerman spent the afternoon with Helvarg at the New England Aquarium
to talk about the state of America's oceans. (10:30)
When scientists discuss countries at risk from the potential effects of
climate change, they point to Bangladesh. Just above sea level, and in
the flood plain of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, 144 million people
live in a space the size of Wisconsin. Producers Sandhya Somashekhar and
Emilie Raguso report on what's at stake for Bangladesh. (15:45)
Reports from some troops and company whistleblowers say Halliburton
subsidiary KBR supplied contaminated water to military camps in Iraq.
Living on Earth's Jeff Young talks with some soldiers who came home sick
and wonder if it's from the dirty water. (5:30)
For low-lying coral islands in the South Pacific, the warming of the
planet and its atmosphere is not an abstraction, it's a reality. In the
fifth in a series on early signs of climate change around the globe,
Aaron Selverston reports from the island nation of Kiribati (kiri-bahs).
This week we travel to the Ecuadorean Andes, to a snow-covered mountain
that has been the source of legend for centuries. Now the glacier has
melted, and the region's native people try to cope with a warmer, drier,
The fourth international World Water Forum just wrapped up in Mexico
City. Elisabeth Malkin, who covered the forum for the New York Times,
says that with representatives from NGO's, governments, the UN and the
corporate world, it was hard to find common ground. She speaks with host
Bruce Gellerman from Mexico City. (5:10)
Brad Moggridge is a hydro-geologist with the New South Wales Department
of Environment and Conservation. He's found a way, through cultural
research, to tap his aboriginal heritage for solutions to Australia's
modern day water problems. (4:00)
In the second of a series on climate change, Living on Earth travels to
East Africa. The waters of Lake Tanganyika have warmed in recent years.
Now some scientists are worried that that could be affecting a small
fish that's a staple food for Tanzania. Jori Lewis reports. (14:50)
Living on Earth kicks off a six-part series of reports from places where
climate change concerns are already bringing change. First stop:
Churchill, Manitoba where Nick Miroff and Jon Mooalem report diminished
polar ice is forcing a town to reexamine whether it has any future as
"The Polar Bear Capital of the World." (15:00)
On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear two clean water cases. Protection
for more than half the country's wetlands is the issue. Host Jeff Young
speaks with David Savage, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times about
what's at stake. (5:30)
Observers say an environmental border dispute 20 years in the making is
likely to set precedent. A Canadian metal smelter dumped 15 million tons
of waste into the Columbia River, which many suspect to be poisonous to
fish and wildlife. Now Indian tribes who live downstream in the U.S.
want the American Superfund law be applied to the Canadian company.
Living on Earth's Ingrid Lobet reports. (16:20)
A severe drought in East Africa has taken a heavy toll on livestock and
now, people are beginning to die from lack of food. Host Steve Curwood
talks with Brendan Cox from Oxfam in Wajir, Northern Kenya about the
crisis. LOE also speaks with Richard Moller, head of Wildlife and
Security at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, about how the drought is
affecting wildlife. (7:15)
An ad campaign called FishScam.com says government mercury advisories
are inaccurate and meant to scare consumers. Host Bruce Gellerman talks
to David Martosko of the Campaign for Consumer Freedom about the
campaign. He also speaks with Dr. Leo Trasande of Mount Sinai Medical
School who says studies show that, in fact, the government safety
threshold for mercury should be even stricter. We also speak with
reporter Sam Roe of the Chicago Tribune. His recent series "The Mercury
Menace" revealed many fish deemed safe by the government contain high
levels of mercury. (12:00)
Pond scum just might be the answer to solving the CO2 woes of the
industrial age. Host Bruce Gellerman visits with Dr. Isaac Berzin,
founder of GreenFuel Technologies Corporation. Berzin is working on a
prototype that uses algae to convert power plant emissions into
Carbon dioxide emissions are causing temperatures to rise and that's
making Greenland glaciers melt at rates faster than previously expected.
Living on Earth host Steve Curwood talks with Richard Alley, professor
of geosciences at Penn State University, about how melting ice sheets
may affect sea levels and global coastlines. (6:15)
A group of engineering students from MIT have come up with a cheap, yet
effective, flood warning system. Host Steve Curwood talks with Elizabeth
Basha of the Flood Safe Early Warning project about the group's work in
hurricane ravaged Honduras. (4:00)
Once on the list of the country's ten most polluted rivers, Maine's
Androscoggin River was one of the inspirations for the Clean Water Act.
But some old mill towns in Maine are at odds over the cleanup of the
Androscoggin. Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Susan Sharon has our
Host Bruce Gellerman interviews Lindsey Williams, a freshmen at Southern
Methodist University. She won the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
for inventing a new kind of irrigation system for crops. (3:00)
Roger Frymire has been patrolling the Charles River watershed in
Massachusetts for over a decade, testing viral and bacterial levels that
have been appearing at alarming highs. Living on Earth's Dennis Foley
has this portrait of an average citizen who's putting the problem of
water pollution on the radar. (7:30)
Scholars predict fifty million people will be displaced within five
years by rising sea levels, desertification, dried up aquifers, and
other serious environmental change. The term "environmental refugees"
has increasingly been invoked over the last two decades to describe
growing waves of people displaced by environmental problems. Host Steve
Curwood talks with Andrew Simms. He's the Policy Director of the New
Economics Foundation in the United Kingdom and the author of a recent
book entitled, "Environmental Refugees: The Case for Recognition".
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We continue our focus on Water, this week, with this award-winning audio
piece by PhD student, Tara Narwani and composer, Paul Steenhuisen of
In the piece, Tara and Paul follow water as it cycles from the Columbia
Icefields through the North Saskatchewan River to their tap, and then to
the waste water treatment plant and out to the river again.
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.
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
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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
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
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