Each day over 8.5 billion gallons are withdrawn from the state’s surface and groundwater supplies. Industrial and agricultural activity, drought, and saltwater intrusion threaten aquifer levels and water quality. Regional and interstate water needs are growing yet deteriorating supply, treatment and distribution systems cannot meet future demands. LPB’s Emmy-winning public affairs show Louisiana Public Square will discuss the growing problem and possible solutions when H2Woe: Louisiana’s Water Worries premieres Wednesday, July 25th at 7PM on LPB-HD. It airs at 9PM on WLAE-TV in New Orleans.
What can be done to combat Louisiana’s looming water problems? Who owns and controls the state’s water supply? How do corporate and governmental policies affect the most precious resource of all: water?
Up to 20 citizens recruited by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab at the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs will have a chance to voice their opinions on the subject and question the panel. Panelists include James Welsh from the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Senator Gerald Long of Natchitoches, and Karen Gautreaux of The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana.
Participants will be polled before and after the discussion to see if they changed their mind on topic. Viewers can also take the poll on the LPB website (lpb.org/lps).
The program is simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and airs on Thursday, July 26 at 7PM on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge.
Published: July 13, 2012
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