Making Contact

Making Contact – Drips of Change: Preserving Our Freshwater

It’s been 40 years since the clean water act was signed into law. The goal was to assure safe water quality for the environment, humans and wildlife. But with new contaminants, population growth, and climate change, the landscape of our water supply has been transformed.  Meanwhile, regulation is being framed by some as an enemy of progress. On this edition; a look at how we manage our water in the twenty-first century. Are we doing too little…or are we trying to control too much?



Alex Prud’Homme, Journalist and Author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century; Jon Rosenfield, Bay Institute Conservation Biologist; Richard Nixon, President of the United States; William Ruckelshaus, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator; Tom Ries, Ecosphere Restoration Institute President; Sonny Vergara; former Southwest Florida Water Management District Executive Director; Robin Felix, Southwest Florida Water Management District media relations manager; Mary Jean Yon, Audubon Florida lobbyist; Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of the City of Tampa


For More Information:

The Pacific Institute


The Bay Institute


Food and Water Watch


Clean Water Action


Alex Prud’Homme


Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)


Ecosphere Restoration Institute


SWFWMD Matters


Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve


Audubon of Florida


City of Tampa Wastewater Department


The Blue Planet Project


Steven Solomon’s The Water Blog


Public Policy Institute of California: Water


Salmon Aid


Environmental Protection Agency




Gone With the Flow: How the Alteration in Freshwater Flow is Killing the Bay Delta


The Growing Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow


Water and the War on Terror by Steven Solomon






The Last Call at the Oasis, the documentary:




Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water by Peter Gleick


Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke,


The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century by Alex Prud’Homme


WATER: The Epic Struggle For Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven Solomon


Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner,,9780140178241,00.html

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