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Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
Last Featured: 2/11/2008

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An unprecedented drought throughout the nation's Southeast has forced some of the region's largest cities to declare water emergencies. Western states have been dealing with similar water shortages for a much longer time. But what can policy-makers do when increasing populations, development and global warming place undue strains on an area's water supply, especially when current law is antiquated, complicated and varies from state to state? Tune in to this week's Justice Talking for a look at whether current water policies ought to be flushed down the drain.

Whose Water is it?
Georgia Public Broadcasting's Susanna Capelouto reports on a three-state government fight over water in the Chattahoochee River.

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Water Sources in Decline
Host Margot Adler speaks with climatologist Roger Pulwarty about drought in the United States.

Roger Pulwarty is the Director of the National Integrated Drought Information System at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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The Perspective from Las Vegas
Host Margot Adler talks to water experts Pat Mulroy and Peter Gleick about the Las Vegas model of water management.

Pat Mulroy is the General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Las Vegas Valley Water District.

Peter Gleick is co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute, focusing on the connections between water, human health and sustainability.

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Water and Agriculture
Host Margot Adler speaks with attorney Chris Scheuring on how farmers factor into the struggle for water in the Colorado River basin.

Chris Scheuring is an environmental attorney at the California Farm Bureau Federation, where he represents family farmers and ranchers on issues including water and land use.

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Endangered Species and Drought
Host Margot Adler speaks with environmentalist Kierán Suckling on water shortages and what it means for animals.

Kierán Suckling is the executive director and co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona, which has secured protection for over 350 endangered species and 70 million acres of habitat in the U.S.

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What About the Water From the Kitchen Tap?
Host Margot Adler speaks with Mayor Martin Chávez about the risks to safe water from aging infrastructures.

Martin Chávez is the mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is the co-chair of the Mayors Water Council for the United States Conference of Mayors.

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Commentary: Bottled Water Backlash

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz is a staff reporter with RedEye, a daily newspaper published by the Chicago Tribune. She began reporting a series of stories on bottled water in August, after several cities around the country banned bottled water from their budgets and some restaurants banned it from their menus.

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