bm237 The Man Who Saved the NYC Water System

I’ve heard him reffered to as the man who saved the bagel. Al Appleton, who helped save NYC water system in the 1990’s, sat down with me during the TBLI conference in Paris last month. This is his story.

We Discuss:

  • The crisis of the 90’s
  • How he got the job
  • A unique way to conserve
  • The result
  • Wetlands near JFK airport
  • Other conservation projects
  • New Orleans
  • Big Corporations and their behavior
  • The future

5 thoughts on “bm237 The Man Who Saved the NYC Water System

  • December 4, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    a great story, the toilet deal seems very inspirational 🙂 I was really shocked with the Mississippi and New Orleans part, it definitely requires it’s own show..

    • December 5, 2007 at 5:11 am

      it is indeed sad to hear, even someone as creative and determined as Al, say that the NOLA situation is one he would never want to touch… because it is that badly managed.

  • December 5, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    Great interview, Mark. I enjoyed my NYC tap water as I listened, and felt grateful for people Al Appleton. Now we just need someone to come in and solve all the over-heated-apartment problems in this city …

  • December 6, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Thoroughly interesting topic and show. I’ve mostly heard environmental issues from the political side, but here we have a practicing environmentalist. It was a fascinating discussion!

    • December 7, 2007 at 5:19 am

      Glad you thought so Richard… I too enjoyed meeting him and getting to speak often with him during the course of the conference. It looks as though we will remain in contact and cross paths again, next time youll hear about some interesting projects he’s carrying out in Hungary and the Dominican Republic.. of all places.

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