Nov. 1, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA—The Allegheny Front presents Headwaters, a new multi-part series on the future of our region's water resources. The series, which launched on October 22 on The Allegheny Front will be broadcast each week through mid-December, and segments will be included in 90.5 WESA newscasts each week as well.
Headwaters delves into the many facets of the Ohio River’s vast water resources, which serves Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and how the future of this region may be tied to the rivers that course through its cities and towns. Reporters from The Allegheny Front, an environmental reporting project of the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will produce thought-provoking stories and interviews that look at threats from—and solutions to—climate change, algal blooms, sewer overflows, chemical spills and flooding and explore the balance between industry, people and ecology of the Ohio River basin.
Topics covered in the series include:
● A conversation with Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation on the importance of leaders from all five states in the basin coming together to create a vision for the Ohio River watershed.
● Why a regional approach to managing our water resources has stalled over the years
● A cautionary tale of one Ohio River town’s legacy of industrial poison
● Could our abundant water lure more farms to the region?
● Trading water pollution for cleaner farms
● Using the river to create renewable energy
● How treatment plants can protect drinking water from threats like chemical spills and toxic algae blooms
● How the barge industry and river infrastructure can keep pace with the rest of the country
● Can we balance industrial development like the ethane cracker with river recreation?
● What’s in store for the Ohio River basin on a warming planet?
● Can green infrastructure’s promise to hold back stormwater be kept in a wetter future?
The Allegheny Front airs on 90.5 WESA at 7:30AM on Saturdays.
Headwaters is produced by The Allegheny Front in collaboration with West Virginia Public Radio, with support from The Benedum Foundation and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Learn more at Allegheny Front.