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Sept. 6, 2020

waterloop #46: Jeremy Orr on Fighting for Equity in Drinking Water

Jeremy Orr is a Staff Attorney for the Safe Water Initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In this episode Jeremy explains that he went into environmental law because he saw a glaring lack of Black representation in the …

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Aug. 31, 2020

waterloop #45: Heather Sackett on the Complexity of Water Rights in C…

Heather Sackett is Managing Editor at Aspen Journalism and Editor and Report of its Water Desk. In this episode Heather discusses the rise and importance of nonprofit media outlets such as Aspen Journalism that cover environmental issues.

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Aug. 28, 2020

waterloop #44: Venky Raghavendra on Social Entrepreneurship and Chang…

Venky Raghavendra is Vice President of Advancement for the Safe Water Network. In this episode Venky discusses social entrepreneurship and why it has a vital role in addressing water challenges around the world.

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Aug. 22, 2020

waterloop #43: Fred Tutman on Being Black in the Environmental Field

Fred Tutman is the Patuxent Riverkeeper. In this episode Fred discusses his experiences as a Black man working in the overwhelmingly white environmental field and shares his perspective on the increased attention from organizations on people of col...

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Aug. 17, 2020

waterloop #42: Erin Savage on Removing Mountaintops for Mining

Erin Savage is Central Appalachian Senior Program Manager for Appalachian Voices. In this episode Erin explains the practice of mountaintop removal for coal mining, which has destroyed more than 500 mountaintops, 1.2 million acres of forest, and 2,

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Aug. 10, 2020

waterloop #41: Howard Neukrug on Applying Research to Water Sustainab…

Howard Neukrug is the Executive Director of The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In this episode Howard discusses why there is always activity and innovation around water in the Philadelphia area.

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Aug. 3, 2020

waterloop #40: Sharee Williamson on Protecting History from Climate C…

Sharee Williamson is Associate General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In this episode Sharee discusses the wide range of historic places and national treasures that are connected to water.

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July 26, 2020

waterloop #39: Dan Shapley on the Hudson River's Past and Present

Dan Shapley is the Water Quality Program Director at Hudson Riverkeeper. In this episode Dan discusses various challenges the Hudson River faces as it flows from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City, which include legacy PCB pollution and emergin...

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July 20, 2020

waterloop #38: Fay Hartman on Rivers as Economic Engines

Fay Hartman is the Conservation Director of the Colorado River Basin Program at American Rivers. In this episode Fay talks about the federal government’s history of investing in river and water projects that damage rivers and perpetuate injustices ...

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July 13, 2020

waterloop #37: Travis Thompson on Denver’s Plan to Eliminate Lead Pip…

Travis Thompson is the Communications Manager at Denver Water. In this episode Travis discusses the utility’s ambitious plan to remove between 64,000 to 84,000 lead water pipes over the next 15 years. He explains the decision to take a proactive …

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July 5, 2020

waterloop #36: Steve Davis on Restoring the Everglades

Steve Davis is Senior Ecologist and Communications Director at the Everglades Foundation. In this episode Steve describes the unique landscape, hydrology, and wildlife of the Florida Everglades. He talks about the need to restore water flow and impr...

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June 29, 2020

waterloop #35: Marleah LaBelle on Alaska Native Challenges With Water…

Marleah LaBelle is Owner of Turning Pages Consulting and a Tribal member of the Native Village of Port Graham, Alaska. In this episode Marleah discusses the place of water in Alaska Native culture and how the lack of running water …

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June 24, 2020

waterloop #34: Anne Schechinger on Rising Nitrate Contamination in Dr…

Anne Schechinger is Senior Economics Analyst at the Environmental Working Group. In this episode Anne discusses new research from EWG that shows nitrate contamination of drinking water increasing across 10 states.

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June 22, 2020

waterloop #33: Tim Wheeler on the Health of Chesapeake Bay

Tim Wheeler is Associate Editor and Senior Writer for the Bay Journal. In this episode Tim discusses the current health of the Chesapeake Bay and the status of key indicators of nutrients, underwater grasses, and blue crabs.

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June 17, 2020

waterloop #32: Julia Stein on Single-Use Plastic Policy

Julia Stein is Project Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. In this episode Julia discusses the scope of single-use plastic production and pollution,

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June 15, 2020

waterloop #31: Chad Nelsen on Beach Access and Surfing During the Cor…

Chad Nelsen is the CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. In this episode Chad discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically impacted beach access and surfing, and how the Surfrider Foundation assembled an expert task force to provide recommenda...

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June 3, 2020

waterloop #30: Ramiro Diaz on a Living With Water Approach to Archite…

Ramiro Diaz is Senior Project Designer with Waggonner & Ball, an architecture and environment firm based in New Orleans. In this episode Ramiro explains the firm’s Living With Water approach to design that revolves around water sustainability,

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June 1, 2020

waterloop #29: John Deignan on Working Toward Lead Free in DC

John Deignan is Lead Free DC Program Manager at DC Water. In this episode John says there are more than 20,000 lead drinking water lines on private property in Washington, DC and the utility’s new program provides funding for replacement …

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May 27, 2020

waterloop #28: Rob Puentes on the Intersection of Water and Transport…

Rob Puentes is the President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. In this episode Rob discusses various intersections of water and transportation, including the challenges and opportunities with both types of infrastructure simultaneously in ...

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May 21, 2020

waterloop #27: Carla Burns on Choosing a Safe and Effective Sunscreen

Carla Burns is a Research and Database Analyst with the Environmental Working Group. In this episode Carla discusses the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens, including EWG’s review of more than 1,300 products that found only 25 percent offer suff...

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May 18, 2020

waterloop #26: Nancy Stoner on the Potomac River's Comeback

Nancy Stoner is the President of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. In this episode Nancy describes how the health of the “Nation’s River” has significantly improved over the past several decades and how it is doing today.

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May 13, 2020

waterloop #25: Tiffani Ashley Bell on The Human Utility That Pays Peo…

Tiffani Ashley Bell is the Executive Director of The Human Utility. In this episode Tiffani talks about the impacts on a person when their water is shut off and how The Human Utility pays water bills to restore service in …

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May 11, 2020

waterloop #24: Mathew Hauer on Human Migration Driven by Climate Chan…

Mathew Hauer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University who studies the impacts of climate change on society. In this episode Mathew explains that an estimated 13 million Americans will need to move because of rising sea …

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May 6, 2020

waterloop #23: Kara Meyer on Building a Pool in the East River in New…

Kara Meyer is the Managing Director of + POOL, a nonprofit working to build a swimming pool in the East River in New York City. In this episode Kara discusses the vision for + POOL including how it would filter …

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