Segment 705

Irrigation Revival, Partnerships For National Parks, Gulf Coast Fishing

State(s) featured in this episode: Arizona/California/Louisiana/Mississippi/Texas

With new water rights and a major irrigation project under construction, the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is gearing up for a revival of an agricultural heritage that sustained them for centuries before white settlers arrived. Public-private partnerships in national parks are saving taxpayers money while supporting critical services, maintenance and repairs. With individual fishing quotas for red snapper, charter boat captains on the Gulf Coast adopt new sustainable practices that provide them with more income and safety.

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State(s) featured in this episode: Mississippi
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State(s) featured in this episode: Arizona / New Mexico
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State(s) featured in this episode: Louisiana
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State(s) featured in this episode: Arizona
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State(s) featured in this episode: Texas
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State(s) featured in this episode: Louisiana
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State(s) featured in this episode: Florida / Mississippi / Texas
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State(s) featured in this episode: Louisiana / Mississippi / Utah
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State(s) featured in this episode: Louisiana