fresh water

Dr. Eugene Turner / LSU

The Mississippi River plays a critical role in Louisiana’s plan to combat coastal land loss. The state wants to divert part of its flow into the dying marshes as a way of building back some of the land.

But, a recent study by LSU researcher Gene Turner says the benefits of using the river might not outweigh the drawbacks. WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with Turner about the study, and the response from the state.

As global population grows, so does the demand for water. Yet less than one percent of the planet's supply is potable, and estimates suggest that 40% of humanity will not have access to clean water by 2025.

Explore the complex issues surrounding this precious resource in this edition of America Abroad.

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Airing Sunday, June 17th. You can hear The Listening Room Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m., on WWNO, 89.9 FM.

The Great Lakes hold a massive amount of water. They contain one fifth of the world’s fresh surface water.