Wed, Mar 14, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
Central Valley Drinking Water ContaminationDownload audio (MP3)
Californians living in the state's agricultural regions are at risk of drinking water contaminated with harmful levels of nitrates, according to a new UC Davis report. Linked with thyroid illnesses and some cancers, nitrate contamination largely comes from chemical fertilizer and animal manure. We discuss the extent and cost of the problem, as well as potential solutions.
Host: Michael Krasny
- Danny Merkley, water resources director for the California Farm Bureau Federation
- Jessica Sanchez, a young woman expecting her first child whose water is nitrate-contaminated
- Maria Herrera, community outreach coordinator for the Community Water Center
- Sasha Khokha, Central Valley bureau chief for KQED News
- Thomas Harter, UC Davis groundwater hydrologist and the study's lead author
- Nitrates in Drinking Water: New Attention from State Water Board : from KQED's State of Health blog
- Farming Communities Facing Crisis Over Nitrate Pollution : from California Watch
- Study: Central Valley Drinking Water Contaminated : from The California Report
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