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Channelization / Farmers vs. Ecologists #224546

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 28, 1972
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(Studio) Channelization, altering natural streams to increase farm productivity, criticized by environmentalists.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Greenville, North Carolina) Machines widen, deepen, straighten stream beds. stripping away vegetation, to move water. United States Soil and Conservation Service plans 66 mile of work on Chicod stream in North Carolina. [Natural Resources defense council Thomas BARLOWE - calls process murder. Pesticides and fertilizers will contaminate stream.] [Chicod farmers' attorney Frank WOOTEN - calls for efficient use of land.] [Farmer Robert LITTLE - says land doesn't produce properly due to faulty drainage.] [Farmer George BURDICK - wonders why nation spending millions to keep land out of production, needs land channelization is supposed to save. Notes wheat sale to Russia.] [Ecologist George FOLKERTZ - shows channelized stream which is dead.] Fed. Interior Department opposes technique used by Soil and Conservation Service. South Representatives control House Agriculture Committee, so opponents turn to courts, full Congress, and public.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

Cronkite, Walter;
Duvall, Jed

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