CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 24, 1977
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(Studio) 2nd in series of reports with regard to world water shortage with regard to Jordan River
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(No location given) Jordan River will dry up in few years; is partly fault of Israel, partly of Jordan. Christian pilgrims still come to river for baptism in place Jesus Christ baptized. Song "Roll, Jordan, Roll" noted. Israel taps 1 of river's sources, Sea of Galilee, for fresh water and soon Jordan will finish dam on other source, Yarmuk River Jordan River flows into Dead Sea, which will become largely dry salt flats without river's water. Some Israeli planners have devised plan to build canal from port of Haifa on Mediterranean to bring sea water to Jordan River and expand Dead Sea. Hydroelectric plant on canal would furnish electricity to pay for project and planners see this as cooperative effort with Jordan. Mid. East peace must first be achieved.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
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