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13 May 2015

Threats to Minnesota’s Waters

For the week of May 17, 2015

Deborah Swackhamer, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, discusses potential risks to Minnesota’s fresh water systems

  • Part 1

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    (1:18) Whether Minnesota could be in danger of a water crisis; (2:09) Water conservation efforts; (3:10) Water-use consciousness; (3:56) Two big threats to MN’s water system; (4:33) The biggest pollutants in MN waters; (5:07) Effects from contaminants in water; (5:28) Prescription pill contaminants; (6:44) Why it is difficult to remove contaminants from the water; (7:38) Agriculture’s impact on our water; (9:00) EPA’s authority; (9:45) The Obama administration’s impact on EPA rules; (11:00) The Clean Water Act

  • Part 2

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    (:20) Policies that could improve MN water; (1:39) Incentives for farmers to improve water practices; (3:08) Microbead ban; (4:03) Other products and practices harmful to water; (5:47) Water guidelines for the next 25 years; (7:44) Water scarcity vs. toxicity; (8:49) Long-term impacts on our water supply; (10:22) Lawn water restrictions and recycled water
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