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Over seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water around 326 million trillion gallons! Water is essential for life it gives plants ability to create sugar for food and it helps humans regulate temperatures and nourishes and protects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues. Water is equally important to the environment due to the intricate balance of the water cycle. This program takes an in-depth look at the chemistry of water and its different states and how each of them affects the world around us.

DVD / 2015 / (High School or above) / 12 minutes

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Narrated by Martin Sheen, One Water is a film that celebrates all the different ways water has touched human lives around the globe and explores our changing relationship to water as it grows ever more alarmingly scarce. The film leaves audiences with a series of provocative questions that culminate in one that will impact all of our futures: is water a human right or a commodity? Through a starkly emotional journey, the audience is invited to bear witness and encouraged to recognize this major global crisis at his or her very own.

The film highlights a world where water is exquisitely abundant in some places and dangerously lacking in others. Taps flowing with fresh, clean water are contrasted with toxic, polluted waterways that have turned the blue arteries of our planet murky.

DVD / 2014 / (Senior High, College) / 50 minutes

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Directed by Pete McBride

Breathtaking photography tells the story of the Colorado River, which flowed to the sea for 6 million years and now dries up 90 miles short of the Sea of Cortez.

After spending a decade working abroad as a photojournalist, Colorado native Pete McBride, decided to focus on something closer to his home and his heart: the Colorado River which cuts through his backyard. Taking nearly three years, McBride followed the river source to sea on a personal journey to see exactly where the river goes and what becomes of the irrigation water that flows across his family's cattle ranch in central Colorado after it returns to the creek. Recruiting hisfather, John, as his personal pilot McBride chose an aerial vantage to capture a unique and fresh view of the Colorado River Basin. He also partnered with Jon Waterman, an author who stayed stream level to paddle the entire length of the river.

This short film takes the viewer on a 1,500 mile adventure downstream, from mountains and cities and through canyons and across shrinking reservoirs. For 6 million years the Colorado River flowed to the sea. Today it runs dry some 90 miles shy of its historic terminus at the Sea of Cortez.

This visual journey is both revealing and alarming as it highlights the state of the river and the Southwest's drying future.

Featuring the photography of Pete McBride and music by Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You, Jesse Cook, and Ludovico Einaudi.

DVD / 2011 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 18 minutes

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While some regions of the world enjoy an abundance of water, one billion people live in areas struggling with drought and drinking water contamination. By 2025, two-thirds of the world's population is expected to face a water shortage. This episode profiles water purification and conservation projects throughout the world, which aim to reduce the environmental and economic threats of a future where water is a scarce commodity.

DVD / 2011 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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This program focuses on the protection of Puget Sound - a national ecological treasure - through the efforts of Washington's Office of Shellfish and Water Protection (Health Science Cluster); a TV station that raises environmental awareness by reporting on the Sound (Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Cluster); a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the Sound's ecosystem (Education and Training Cluster); and a local shellfish farm that sustainably harvests oysters (Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster).

DVD / 2010 / () / 25 minutes

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Investigates how the exploitation of Southern Louisiana's abundant natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture, multiplying the devastating impact of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.

Everywhere you look in Southern Louisiana there's water: rivers, bayous, swamps, the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico. And everyone in Cajun Country has a water story, or two or three or more. Its waterways support the biggest economies in Louisiana - a $70 billion a year oil and gas industry, a $2.4 billion a year fishing business, tourism and recreational sports.

They are also home to some insidious polluters: the same oil and gas industry, 200 petrochemical plants along a 100-mile-long stretch of the Mississippi known "Cancer Alley," the world's largest Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico and erosion that is costing the coastline twenty five square miles of wetlands a year. At the same time, SoLa is home to one of America's most vital and unique cultures; if everyone who lives there has a water story they can also most likely play the fiddle, waltz, cook an etoufee and hunt and fish.

DVD / 2010 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adults) / 62 minutes

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An intimate portrait of international water activist Maude Barlow and the debate over whether water is a commercial good or a human right.

WATER ON THE TABLE features Maude Barlow, who is considered an "international water-warrior" for her crusade to have water declared a human right. "Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity."

The film intimately captures the public face of Maude Barlow as well as the unscripted woman behind the scenes. The camera shadows her life on the road in Canada -- including an eye-opening visit to Alberta's tar sands -- and the United States over the course of a year as she serves as the UN Senior Advisor on Water to Fr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations.

More than a portrait of an activist, WATER ON THE TABLE presents several dramatic opposing arguments. Barlow's critics are policy and economic experts who argue water is no different than any other resource, and that the best way to protect freshwater is to privatize it. It is proposed that Canada bulk-export its water to the United States in the face of an imminent water crisis.

DVD / 2010 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 79 minutes

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Directed by Stephanie Soechtig

An unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car? And I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry -- an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

DVD / 2009 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 75 minutes

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Collaborators: Dr. Ernest Fish and Dr. Ron Sosebee

Water is one of the most precious commodities on earth. Without it, life as we know it would not exist. In this presentation, the different properties of water will be reviewed as well as the different ways in which water is used in our daily lives. In addition, the importance of conserving our water resources and the future of our water supply will be discussed. Water quality as well as various types and causes of water pollution are covered in detail.

DVD / 2009 / () / 50 minutes

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Directed by Kevin McMahon

An epic cinematic poem that reveals the extraordinary beauty and complex toxicity of the Great Lakes, the largest remaining supply of fresh water (20%) on Earth.

The film tells the epic story of the Great Lakes by following the cascade of its water from northern Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, through the lives of some of the 35 million people who rely on the lake for survival.

Providing earth with 20% of its surface fresh water and its third largest industrial economy, the Great Lakes are a unique and precious resource under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, evaporating water and profound apathy. They are also one of the planet's great preserves of extraordinary wilderness beauty and a bounty of unique species.

WATERLIFE blends these realities with a dreamlike fluidity as it pours through the lives of some amazing characters. We meet an Anishinabe medicine woman who walked 16,000 miles around the lakes to sympathize with them; the last of the great Michigan fishing families; a man whose lakefront home now borders a field thanks to sewer overflows; the people of a village where mysterious toxins ensure that most new babies are girls; and the residents of Love Canal, a notorious Niagara Falls neighborhood abandoned in the 1970s and now dubiously refurbished.

Along the way, WATERLIFE show viewers the Great Lakes as they might appear to a seagull, a fish or a water molecule...and from a myriad of other amazing perspectives. Filmed over a full year with a battery of specialty cameras and techniques, WATERLIFE provides an unprecedented view of an incredible ecosystem rarely seen by the city dwellers who form most of its population. From the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, viewers are carried through marsh and pipe, across pounding waves and through thunder clouds on a journey which, as the film says, has no "ending or beginning, that shapes every body it passes through and unites them all across space and time."

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 109 minutes

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The story of the death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways.

Directed by Lawrence R. Hott and Diane Garey

For centuries, the Cuyahoga River has been on the frontier. When the United States was a new nation, the river literally marked the western frontier. But "civilization" came to the river; by 1870 the river was on the industrial frontier. On the river's banks sprouted a multitude of factories, a booming display of what was called progress. The river, as it flowed through Cleveland, became a foul-smelling channel of sludge, with an oily surface that ignited with such regularity that river fires were treated as commonplace events by the local press.

But then, in 1969, the river burned again, just as a third kind of frontier swept across the nation: an environmental frontier. And the Cuyahoga River became a landmark on this frontier too -- a poster child for those trying to undo the destruction wrought by progress in America.

The Return of the Cuyahoga is a one-hour documentary about the death and rebirth of one of America's most emblematic waterways. In its history we see the end of the American frontier, the growth of industry, the scourge of pollution and the advent of a political movement that sought to end pollution.

The Cuyahoga's story is a particularly apt example for future environmental efforts, because the once burning river can't just be cleaned up and "set aside" as a pristine wilderness park - it runs right through Cleveland, and like most American rivers, the Cuyahoga has to serve widely varying needs - aesthetic and economic, practical and natural, human and animal. The challenge: how to maintain industrial uses of the river near Lake Erie, encourage recreation and entertainment, and yet preserve the nature in and around the river. It's the same challenge that much of our riparian nation is facing today.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2008 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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An inspiring story from Malawi shows that clean water is essential for the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

Directed by Amy Hart

Through the inspiring story of Charles Banda, a humble Malawian fireman turned waterman, we see how water is a solution to many of the problems in his impoverished, sub- Saharan country. From hunger and poverty to women's equality and population control, HIV/AIDS to environmental sustainability, Banda makes it clear that the best way to assist and empower people in developing nations, and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is by putting water first.

Water First draws a clear correlation between clean water and all of the other Millennium Development Goals. The goals are a set of 8 targets set by the UN in the year 2000 and endorsed by 187 nations. Sadly, at the halfway mark, we are less than halfway there. Charles Banda believes that if more people knew about the MDGs we would have a much better chance of achieving them. And, if clean water was the top priority, achieving the goals would be much more feasible. "30% of the goals would automatically be achieved if everyone had clean water," says John Oldfield of Water Advocates.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2008 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 46 minutes

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The story of Highland Park, Michigan, and the larger issues of water privatization and human rights.

Directed by Liz Miller

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it?

With a shrinking population, the post-industrial city of Highland Park, Michigan is on the verge of financial collapse. The state of Michigan has appointed an Emergency Financial Manager who sees the water plant as key to economic recovery. She has raised water rates and has implemented severe measures to collect on bills. As a result, Highland Park residents have received water bills as high as $10,000, they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized.

The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. The film raises questions such as: Who determines the future of shared public resources? What are alternatives to water privatization? How will we maintain our public water systems and who can we hold accountable?

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2007 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 53 minutes

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More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Use this DVD to impress upon your students the importance of the seven seas to people, the marine food chain, and the planet as a whole. Topics include the various kinds of currents and the forces that influence them, tides and waves (what they are, what causes them, and how they're classified), features of the seabed, and the formation and shaping of coastlines. A basic explanation of how oceans have been affected by human activity is also provided.

DVD / 2006 / () / 21 minutes

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Most people know that water is unevenly distributed over the Earth's surface in oceans, rivers and lakes, but few realize how very uneven the distribution actually is. The World's oceans - 139 square miles of it - contain 317 million cubic miles of Saltwater. The atmosphere is another kink of ocean and moves water vapor around the world until it falls as precipitation. This program examines the Hydrologic Cycle and shows the major water movement in the United States. It also examines how ground water stores and releases water and looks at lakes, major river systems in the World and the World's estimated water supply.

DVD / 2006 / (Grades 9-12) / 29 minutes

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Why do some rivers run straight while others twist and bend? What causes ocean waves? What is a glacier made of? Dive in with the as we discuss the role of water in geology.

DVD / 2005 / (Grade 7 or above) / 26 minutes

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Examines water's crucial role in sustaining life on earth. Looks at the oceans in relation to temperature stability, the water cycle and the exchange of nutrients, oxygen and carbon dioxide between plants and animals. Even organisms on land carry an internal "ocean."

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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Describes the discovery of water's formula and how the polar nature of water molecule gives it special properties. Capillary action, surface tension and water's solvent properties are demontrated. Hot and cold water, as well as change of state are examined.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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A look at weather and the water cycle leads to the subject of water and civilization. The questions of where we obtain our water leads into a description of sources, espicially ground water. How is supply water treated? This program concludes with some major water issues, such as salinity.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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Investigates how water's own weight is responsible for buoyancy and we examine the concept of pressure. A "Cartesian diver" shows why there is no stable state between floating and sinking, except on a density layer. The program concludes with some explanations of the physics of beaches.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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The U.S. needs more than 340 billion gallons of fresh water every day, but industrial effluent, agricultural runoff, and municipal discharge are contributing to an ongoing decline in water quality. In this program, Marty Tittelbaum, of the University of New Orleans; a water quality consultant; an environmental attorney; teachers; and many others address public health concerns, the need for stricter process controls, and broader enforcement of the Clean Water Act, while emphasizing the importance of information-sharing, educational outreach, and grassroots involvement in citizen action groups and environmental restoration projects.

DVD (Color) / 2000 / () / 40 minutes

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Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to enactment of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. As amended in 1977, this law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States.

Topics included in this safety video are: stormwater runoff, combined sewer overflows (CSOS), corporate agriculture, some say the situation is critical, and basics of Clean Water Act.

DVD / / () / 13 minutes

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Water pollution is devastating to aquatic environments and aquatic life. This presentation discusses the physical and chemical properties of water and analyzes factors which affect its quality, such as weather, biomass, soil, chemicals and frequency and amount of fish food provided. The importance of mechanical and biological filtration and different devices, such as pumps, water pipes and quarantine tanks, used in completing this task are also explored. Water quality measurement categories (i.e., biological, physical, chemical and aesthetic) are introduced, as well.

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