Mon, May 17, 2010 -- 10:00 AM
NitratesDownload audio (MP3)
The most common contaminates in California drinking water are nitrates, one of the components of fertilizers. Nitrates have been found to be dangerous to human health. But regulators do not yet have in place strict rules governing fertilizer use by farmers and industrial plants. We look at the extent of the problem, and how it's being addressed.
Host: Michael Krasny
- Becky Quintana, spokesperson for Betterment for Seville who organized to form a water coalition for Seville residents
- Julia Scott, environmental journalist with the Bay Area News Group who reported on nitrates for the Center for Investigative Reporting
- Roger Briggs, executive officer of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Sasha Khokha, KQED's Central Valley bureau chief
- Coping With Nitrate Contamination multimedia series : videos, photos, and more stories at CaliforniaWatch.org
- How have nitrates affected your community? : Information on water testing, contamination and more, from CaliforniaWatch.org
- "Nitrates in Our Drinking Water, Part 1 - The Present Threat" : from The California Report
- "Nitrates in Our Drinking Water, Part 2 - Charting a Cleaner Future" : from The California Report
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