Op-Ed published by Austin American Statesman
Only about 1 in 3 Americans know the natural source of their drinking water. They turn on their tap, the water always comes out — even in extreme drought — and so there is seemingly no need to understand the infrastructure it takes to get water from lakes and rivers to the tap.
I wonder what the Standing Rock Sioux would think of that?
In case you’ve been so inundated by the election media blitz and don’t know what I’m talking about, the Standing Rock Sioux are at the center of the standoff to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from the possibility of polluting their water source — Lake Oahe, a reservoir connected to the Missouri River. The Missouri River also provides fresh drinking water to 18 million Americans, not just the Sioux Tribe.
You can be sure 100 percent of the population at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation have long known the natural source of their drinking water — and not just after the Dakota Access Pipeline construction came so close to their water source.
EnviroMedia, which is headquartered in Austin, is on location in North Dakota documenting what is unfolding at Standing Rock because we believe it is the biggest tipping point for change in comprehending our water and energy resources, and also understanding what our water and energy future will look like.