This week we bring you some of the best stories from our Headwaters series, looking at how the Ohio River could be a model for how to clean up our polluted waterways.
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Stories in this episode
- A Bold New Vision for Restoring America’s Most Polluted River
A long legacy of industrial pollution has made the Ohio the archetype of a "working" river. But the National Wildlife Federation thinks the Ohio could be transformed into a recreation destination.
- Why Big Industry is Paying Small Farmers to Cut Pollution in the Ohio River
Some water quality advocates say getting industrial polluters to pay for farm runoff prevention projects is an innovative way to control water pollution. But critics argue it's just another pay-to-pollute scheme.
- Ohio River Communities are Still Coping with Teflon’s Toxic Legacy
Though the toxic chemical found in Teflon is no longer made in the U.S., residents in the Ohio River Headwaters region are still dealing with dangerous levels of C8 in their drinking water.
- It’s Not Just Lake Erie. The Ohio River Has a Major Algae Problem, Too.
A 600-mile-long algae bloom on the Ohio River in 2015 sent officials scrambling to protect water supplies and looking for answers to prevent future blooms.