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July 13, 2015

New Reporting Project from WGBH News Explores Water’s Uncertain Future

 Multimedia series travels from Massachusetts to California to examine how water is changing and how communities are responding

First project produced as part of partnership with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

(BOSTON, Mass.) – Beginning Monday, July 13, WGBH News will launch a new in-depth reporting series exploring our evolving relationship with water, titled Water Pressure: Saving a Threatened Resource. Reporter Rupa Shenoy travels from the ports of New Bedford to drought-riddled California to examine the availability, security and sustainability of water, and the sensitive political and economic tensions that it presents to communities everywhere. And she uncovers new and surprising innovations being developed that may hold the key to improving our relationship with water.

Water Pressure will air each morning, Monday-Friday, this week on 89.7 WGBH Radio’s Morning Edition with Bob Seay. The story expands online throughout the week at wgbhnews.org/waterpressure, where readers can explore extended interviews, shareable infographics and interactive maps to learn more about how New England and the U.S. arrived at our current state and what is being done to secure water’s uncertain future. WGBH News will curate the conversation about water on social using #WaterPressure. Find WGBH News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Story Summaries:

  • Monday, 7/13 – Water is Changing: Our relationship with water is changing, and we can’t ignore that water’s moods are getting a lot more dramatic.
  • Tuesday, 7/14 – It’s Polluted and Acidifying: Many of our waterways are cleaner than they've been in decades, but scientists are surprised that they're not even cleaner. 
  • Wednesday, 7/15 – It's Running Out: Aquifers are running out, rivers and lakes are often too polluted, and re-use of wastewater isn’t popular.
  • Thursday, 7/16 – It’s Eroding Land Everywhere: A slow drama is playing out on every natural coastline in the country, as ocean waves are gripping land and tearing it away.
  • Friday, 7/17 – It’s Spurring Innovation: A lot of people have ideas about how to conserve more water, reuse it safely, manage it better and clean it more efficiently.

Water Pressure is the first reporting project to leverage the partnership between WGBH News and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge. As one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from academic, business and government sectors to address critical challenges facing global society, and currently counts more than 5,000 expert fellows. Water Pressure draws from and expands on research and expert commentary from the forthcoming issue of the Academy’s quarterly journal Daedalus.

The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. The newsroom continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage and crafting the stories that only public media can tell.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston's Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.



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