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Making Contact

Water is crit­i­cal to main­tain­ing the bal­ance of all life on Earth. As humans go, the Unit­ed Nations esti­mates that each per­son needs about 50 to 100 liters a day for drink­ing and wash­ing. It must be safe, acces­si­ble, and afford­able. Some cor­po­ra­tions claim own­er­ship of fresh water sources to bot­tle and sell for prof­it. Oth­ers use water as a tool to extract oil and gas from the ground. In this episode of Mak­ing Con­tact, we’ll hear from com­mu­ni­ties fight­ing to keep big water bot­tling com­pa­nies out of rur­al Ore­gon, and to pro­tect water from oil and gas con­t­a­m­i­na­tion in New Mexico.


Julia DeGraw — for­mer North­west Orga­niz­er for Food and Water Watch

Auro­ra del Val — the cam­paign direc­tor for the Local Water Alliance

Craig Jas­mer — found­ing mem­ber of the Lewis Coun­ty Water Alliance

Alex Brown — local reporter with the Chron­i­cle cov­er­ing Lewis Coun­ty, dur­ing the Crys­tal Geyser incident.

Pen­ny Aucoin, Carls­bad-area resident

Rebec­ca Roose — New Mex­i­co Water Pro­tec­tion Divi­sion Director

Nathan Small — New Mex­i­co State Representative

Rebec­ca Sobel, senior orga­niz­er with WildEarth Guardians

Yang Tole­do — Din spokesper­son and steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber with Youth Unit­ed for Cli­mate Cri­sis Action