Veer Bhadra Mishra

Professor Veer Bhadra Mishra is an engineer and Hindu priest who has dedicated his life to clean up his beloved River Ganges. "I am a part of Ganga and Ganga is a part of me," he says. "I want not a single drop of sewage going into the river." Besides an activist campaign that has educated millions about problems facing rivers around the world. Mishra, a former professor of hydraulics, has launched practical projects. One now provides clean drinking water through new wells to six neighboring villages whose residents were getting sick on Ganges water.  He is also working hard with University of California scientists on plans for an alternative technology system. It is powered by gravity rather than electrical power, uses bacteria and algae to eliminate pollutants,  and not only purifies river water but can be used to irrigate farmland and grow fish. In 1999 Dr. Mishra was nominated by Time Magazine as "hero of the planet" for bringing the plight of the Ganga to the world's attention, inspiring other "riverkeepers" around the world.

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