We Can’t Take Clean Water for Granted
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
Providing safe, clean drinking water to all people is one of the most basic roles and responsibilities for a functioning civil society. Yet, 50 years after passing the Clean Water Act, the United States–the richest country in the history of the world–often falls short of this rather modest goal. Aging infrastructure, rising costs, and ineffective governance structures all impede the ability to deliver safe water to everyone in America. And, although it seems like drinking water should be non-partisan, it too can become a prisoner of the political and cultural fights that have woven their way i ..read more
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Major Questions (And Answers!) about the Supreme Court
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
The recent West Virginia v. EPA Supreme Court ruling has left the environmental community fearing the worst: a conservative Court hamstringing the EPA’s ability to tackle climate change. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the ruling with Professor Eric Freyfogle, legal scholar, author, and former Prairie Rivers Network board member. The conversation includes some spirited back-and-forth about the Court’s rationale for its decision, the legitimacy of the Court’s reasoning, and the broader implications for the environmental movement. Links: Prairie Rivers Network (http://www.prairierive ..read more
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Rivers at a Crossroads
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
The Mississippi River–America’s most iconic and storied river, and the lifeblood of human civilizations and cultures dating back centuries–has again been named to a list of the nation’s Most Endangered Rivers. In this episode, we speak with Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers’ Director of River Restoration in the Midwest about why the Mississippi is endangered and how a new proposal in Congress could unite Mississippi River states and kickstart much-needed environmental restoration across the region. Links: Prairie Rivers Network (http://www.prairierivers.org/) American Rivers (https://www.ameri ..read more
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Ethanol's False Promise
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
Ethanol is promoted by industry as an environmentally-friendly renewable fuel source, but in reality, it’s actually fueling climate change. In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, Prairie Rivers Network speaks with Dr. Tyler Lark from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He discusses his recent report on ethanol’s contribution to higher carbon emissions and how the nation’s landscape has been changed to satisfy its false promise. Links: Prairie Rivers Network (http://www.prairierivers.org/) Environmental Outcomes of the US Renewable Fuel Standard report Take Action: Become a membe ..read more
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Powering Opportunity with Illinois Solar for All
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
Illinois may not be the Sunshine State, but after last year’s monumental legislative achievement - the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act - renewable solar energy is more available and affordable than ever. And there are dedicated people throughout the state working to bring solar projects to communities and rooftops. That includes our latest guest. In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, Prairie Rivers Network speaks with Bejeray Morrison, Solar for All program manager at Sunrun. PRN’s Robert Hirschfeld talks with her about her work, what shaped her path, and what the new solar opportuni ..read more
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Tracy Fox: PRN River Steward Award Winner
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
Each year, Prairie Rivers Network honors an individual whose on-the-ground efforts to protect the state’s rivers and streams inspire us. We present that person with the River Steward Award. In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, Prairie Rivers Network speaks with this year’s River Steward Award winner Tracy Fox, a Peoria-area activist who got started by her interest in birding and who has now put her mark on Illinois’ energy future. We do a deep dive into the recently signed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) and what it means for Illinois communities. There are many dedicated volu ..read more
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30x30: A new conservation of, by, and for the people
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by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
Could the answer to the climate and biodiversity crises be a new, more inclusive model for locally-led conservation of America’s lands and waters? In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, Prairie Rivers Network speaks with Tonyisha Harris, Chicagoland Conservation Manager at the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC). She talks about growing up and becoming an environmentalist on Chicago’s South Side and describes the importance of the 30x30 program, a nationwide effort to conserve 30 percent of the land and water of the United States by 2030. Links: Prairie Rivers Network (http://www.pr ..read more
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A New Era for Coal Ash Cleanup
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by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
In April, the Illinois Pollution Control Board issued new rules on dealing with coal ash in the state. In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, Prairie Rivers Network discusses the implications for this new rule, how we got to where we are on coal ash, and why this new rule will help protect our water from the dangers of coal ash. Links: Prairie Rivers Network (http://www.prairierivers.org/) Take Action: Become a member of Prairie Rivers Network and connect with a community dedicated to protecting water. And sign up for our emails so you don’t miss new podcast episodes. Music: http ..read more
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Spreading Poison
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
The natural world is under multiple threats, many of which are complex and difficult to measure. Landowners, farmers, municipalities, and industries across the country apply pesticides at an alarming rate, attempting to conquer nature, maximize yields, and eliminate “pests” and “weeds.” These invisible chemicals often do not just harm the intended pests, they can cause enormous harm to native plant and wildlife species and can pose real threats to human health and water quality. In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, we talk with Dr. Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center fo ..read more
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A New Paradigm
Stories from the Floodplain
by Prairie Rivers Network
9M ago
Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali is a renowned thought leader, internationally known speaker, policy maker, and the National Wildlife Federation Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization. He spoke at last year’s Prairie Rivers Network virtual annual dinner in October. In this episode of Stories from the Floodplain, Dr. Ali discusses the new paradigm the country finds itself in, awakened to social and environmental justice, inclusion, and new opportunities to reconnect with what matters most. Links: Prairie Rivers Network (http://www.prairierivers.org/) National W ..read more
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