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H2Woe: Louisiana's Water Worries (2012)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-07-25

Duration: 00:57:57

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Environment | WATER SUPPLY | NATURAL RESOURCES


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Erwin, Barry Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Town, Hays, Jr. Interviewee
  • Mills, Fred Interviewee
  • Wilkins, Jim Interviewee
  • Snellgrove, Gary Interviewee
  • Devitt, Jim Interviewee
  • Piehler, Chris Interviewee
  • Town, Hays, Jr. Speaker
  • Rambhia, Avni Speaker
  • Williams, Dorothy Speaker
  • Sutherland, Dwain Speaker
  • Grandy, Greg Speaker
  • Jenkins, J.H., Jr. Speaker
  • Toodi, Uday Speaker
  • Gilbert, Eleanor Speaker
  • Boyd-Snee, Rancy Speaker
  • Flicker, Richard Speaker
  • Ross, Beatrice Speaker
  • Long, Gerald Panelist
  • Briggs, Don Panelist
  • Gautreaux, Karen Panelist
  • Welsh, James Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from July 25, 2012, features Barry Erwin leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on protecting the state’s water supply. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Hays Town, Jr. of Baton Rouge Citizens to Save Our Water; State Senator Fred Mills; Jim Wilkins of the Louisiana Sea Grant Program; Gary Snellgrove and Jim Devitt of the Office of Conservation at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources; and Chris Piehler of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The audience members then discuss who should control the surface water and groundwater in the state. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Gerald Long; Don Briggs, the president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association; Karen Gautreaux, the director of government relations for the Louisiana chapter of the Nature Conservancy; and James Welsh, the commissioner of conservation for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. They discuss: the biggest water challenges facing the state; the security of the water supply; preventing saltwater intrusion; the water issues in north Louisiana; the water used in fracking; the possibility of selling water to other states; the timeline for developing the state’s first comprehensive water management plan; and educating the public on these water issues. Host: Beth Courtney and Barry Erwin