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TROUBLED WATERS: A MISSISSIPPI RIVER STORY

By Larkin McPhee and Barbara Coffin

The Emmy Award-winning Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi, and the efforts being taken to reverse this damage. America's heartland boasts some of the world's most productive farmland, but this bounty has come with a price. Excess crop fertilizers are contaminating the nation's rivers, lakes and aquifers, while at the same time precious soil is washing away.

The film traces the development of America's bountiful harvest and examines its effect on the legendary river, as well as the "dead zone" created in the Gulf of Mexico. Knitting together federal energy, farm and environmental policies, the film makes a compelling case for revamping US agricultural policy and practices. It also helps viewers to grasp a profound truth íV that a single drop of water in the upper Midwest has an impact far downstream.

Through beautiful photography and narrative, Troubled Waters emphasizes solutions, providing a hopeful blueprint for progress and positive change. The film tells the stories of farmers, scientists and citizens who are pursuing more sustainable land-use practices that meet the goals of an ambitious, food-producing nation, while ensuring the long-term health of its most precious natural resources.

Reviews
  • "...Troubled Waters puts a much-needed spotlight on Mississippi River pollution and the threat posed by high sediment levels ..." - Star & Tribune

  • "Troubled Waters invites us to have an open, honest discussion about the challenges of cleaning up the Mississippi River." - Whitney L. Clark Friends of the Mississippi River

    Award
  • Winner of Three Emmys, Including Best Topical Documentary

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 57 minutes

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    SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL

    Directed by Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon

    Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger reveals the Marine Corps' cover-up at Camp Lejeune of one of the largest water contamination incidents in US history.

    Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years. As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the "Corps" and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or "Always Faithful."

    When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.

    Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.

    Reviews
  • "Has all the investigative punch of a window-rattling Frontline episode and the smoldering intensity of a high-stakes issues drama." - Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International

  • "Riveting and often enraging documentary..." - Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beas

  • "For profiles in pure courage, it doesn't get more sobering than...: Semper Fi: Always Faithful." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

    Awards
  • Shortlist for Best Documentary, Academy Awards
  • Best Editing, 2nd Place Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Special Founders Prize, Traverse City Film Festival
  • Best Documentary & Audience Award Award, Woodstock Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Award, San Diego Film Festival
  • Best Documentary By or About Women, Women Film Critics Circle

    DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 76 minutes

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    THE WATER ISSUES

    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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    WHITE WATER, BLACK GOLD

    By David Lavallee

    Narrated by Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence for National Geographic

    Canada is the number one foreign supplier of oil to the United States, a fact little known in America. Most of the oil imported comes from the Tar Sands of Northern Alberta, the second largest known oil reserve in the world outside of Saudi Arabia.

    But this is not a traditional oil field. The oil must be extracted and processed from the sands at a significant environmental cost -- requiring huge quantities of a diminishing fresh water supply and large amounts of energy that contribute to global warming.

    White Water, Black Gold follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across Western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world's thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain ice fields that are the source of the industry's water, to the Tar Sands tailing ponds, where thousands of migrating birds have unwittingly landed and died.

    Both government and industry spokespeople deny any cause for concern, but in the course of his journey Lavallee, backed by university scientists, makes a number of discoveries that challenge that assessment and raise serious concerns for Canada and the United States.

    Native peoples living downstream are contracting unusual cancers; new science shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce; the proposed upgrading of the oilfields could endanger multiple river systems across Canada that makeup about half of its water supply; and a planned oil pipeline across British Columbia brings fresh threats to rivers, salmon and the Pacific Ocean.

    White Water, Black Gold is a sober look at the untold costs associated with developing this major oil deposit, and raises important questions about how much environmental damage we're willing to tolerate to feed our oil appetite.

    Review
  • "Highlights the indescribable beauty of the region and how it is being threatened by industry and carelessness." - Earth Times

    Award
  • Winner, 2011 John Muir Award, Yosemite Film Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 7 - Adult) / 64 minutes

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    CLEAN WATER, DIRTY TRICKS

    Join the Eco=Kids Explorer team as they teach students about water treatment. After a brief history of clean water usage, our hosts visit a water treatment plant. We learn of two types of transforming water into usable water: purification and desalination. The hosts demonstrate how to do their own water filtration experiment from a class room or home.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 9-12, Post Secondary, Adult Education) / 22 minutes

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    WATER TREATMENT

    Join the Eco=Kids Explorer team as they teach students about water treatment. After a brief history of clean water usage, our hosts visit a water treatment plant. We learn of two types of transforming water into usable water: purification and desalination. The hosts demonstrate how to do their own water filtration experiment from a class room or home.

    DVD / 2010 / (Elementary - Senior High) / 20 minutes

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    REDUCING WATER POLLUTION

    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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    OCEANS OF PLASTIC

    The planet's oceans are rapidly becoming the world's trash dump. Every mile of ocean now contains an average of 74,000 pieces of plastic. A "plastic soup" of waste, killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year and as chemicals trickle slowly up the food chain. In California, conservationists are seeing increasing numbers of whales and dolphins die agonizing deaths. Their intestines blocked with plastics and other trash. In Holland, scientists researching the decline of the fulmar bird found plastic in the stomachs of 95% of all samples. In Germany, chemicals leached from plastic have been found to affect the reproductive systems of humans as well animals. What will be the long-term impact of this "plastic pollution?" Can anything be done to clean up our oceans?

    DVD / 2010 / (Senior High - College) / 54 minues

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    SOLA: LOUISIANA WATER STORIES

    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.

    Reviews
  • "A great crash course that deftly addresses the ecological, economic and social issues facing Louisiana." - David Burley, Asst. Professor of Sociology, Southeastern Louisiana University

  • "This is a superb treatment of how the oil and gas industry threatens not just a way of life in southern Louisiana but life itself. Water is the centerpiece of cultural and ecological health in and around New Orleans and it is being ruined, slowly, by neglect and greed. SoLa should be a wakeup call for the country." - Lee Clarke, Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, Author, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination

  • "SoLa is a beautifully filmed and moving story about a way of life that is threatened. Its relevance, from an educational perspective, is with the rapidly growing field of environmental studies which, more than many of our traditional disciplines, put humans in the ecosystems and in environmental change...An excellent overview." - Dr. Robert Gramling, Professor of Sociology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Author, Oil on the Edge: Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock, co-Author, Blowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America

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

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    SPLIT ESTATE

    Documents the devastating effect that oil and gas drilling is having on the health of families and the environment in the Rocky Mountain West.

    Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine another shocking truth: you have little or no recourse to protect your home or land from such development. SPLIT ESTATE maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

    Exempt from federal protections like the Clean Water Act, the oil and gas industry has left this idyllic landscape and its rural communities pockmarked with abandoned homes and polluted waters. One resident demonstrates the degree of benzene contamination in a mountain stream by setting it alight with a match. Many others, gravely ill, fight for their health and for the health of their children.

    SPLIT ESTATE zeroes in on Garfield County, Colorado, and the San Juan Basin, but the industry is aggressively seeking new leases in as many as 32 states. They are even making a bid to drill in the New York City watershed, which provides drinking water to millions.

    As our appetite for fossil fuels increases despite mounting public health concerns, SPLIT ESTATE cracks the sugarcoating on an industry that assures us it is a good neighbor, and drives home the need for alternatives -- both here and abroad.

    Reviews
  • "This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy." - Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

  • "A must-see film for any elected official who deals with natural resources issues and the impact that oil & gas extraction can have on a community. Anyone who sees the film will be changed by the experience - for the better." - Brian Egolf, New Mexico State Representative

  • "We are fighting for our lives here in the Marcellus Shale in NY & PA. Your film may save us." - Diane MacInnes

    DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 76 minutes

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    WATERLIFE

    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."

    WATERLIFE's director, Kevin McMahon, is one of Canada's most innovative documentary filmmakers. Gord Downie, leader of The Tragically Hip and a Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, narrates the film. Topping off this epic cinematic poem is a fabulous soundtrack featuring Sam Roberts, The Allman Brothers, Dropkick Murphys, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur R?, Robbie Robertson, Daniel Lanois, Phillip Glass, Brian Eno and a new song by The Tragically Hip. Plus check out the award-winning interactive website.

    Awards
  • Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature, HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Cinematography, Canadian Society of Cinematographers

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

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    THE WATERLORDS

    Management of the world's fresh water supply will determine global political stability and economic development. Many countries will experience internal conflicts over rights to water. There is enough water for everyone in the world, however, the question is who should pay for it, how much it should cost, and who should receive it. For the first time in history, the majority of the world's population lives in cities, and supplying these cities with sufficient water will be a difficult task that has the potential to cause many social conflicts. This struggle for control of water has led to riots in many areas of the world including South Africa and Spain where water-rich regions hold power over water deficient regions. Disputes over water are also disputes between countries. This is taking place between the ten countries that share the Nile River Basin in Africa. In Asia, the fight over control of its large rivers is a struggle of life and death and will have enormous consequences for billions of people.

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High - College) / 52 minutes

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    THE NEW UNCERTAINTY

    Climate change will greatly affect the world's water supply and societies in the future. We live in an age of climatic uncertainty and the future of the world's water supply will dominate political life and have enormous consequences for economies and cultures. Travel to Mali where lakes form and dry up each year and see how they confront the ever changing climactic conditions. Droughts or floods can be fatal to millions of people around in the world in poor countries. Uncertainty with water conditions will also pose new challenges to the world's most advanced societies. These challenges will affect international relations, migration patterns, and democratic systems all over the world. World renowned glaciologists speak about the drastic changes that are occurring in Asia and Europe due to glacier melting. Learn about the global consequences if Greenland's icecaps melt.

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High - College) / 52 minutes

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    THE WATER AGE

    The uncertainty of climate change and the increasing need for water is bringing a renaissance of large new water transfer methods. Throughout history, transferring water has been vital to building civilizations. Travel to the Sahara desert and learn how Egypt's leaders envision creating huge towns and large areas of cultivated land by pumping in water from an artificial Nile lake to irrigate the desert. Examine Russia's plan to build canals for water transport to several countries in central Asia, which lack water. Travel to South America and see a complex hydrological system that guarantees Brazil and Argentina a sure source of water for the future. Scientists are studying ways to locate underground water deposits and transport this water to populated areas that lack water. Travel to Iceland and learn how they are using buses that are fueled by water.

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High - College) / 52 minutes

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    RETURN OF THE CUYAHOGA, THE

    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.

    Reviews
  • "Should be required viewing for those who feel unable to improve their environment." - Dr. James A. Danoff-Burg, Associate Director, Center for the Environment, Economy, and Society, Columbia University

  • "The Return of the Cuyahoga is more than a history of the desecration and restoration of the Cuyahoga River. It is a graphic story of depth and emotion about people who are committed to restoring life to a valued natural resource." - John E. Wear, Director, Center for the Environment, Catawba College

  • "The Return of the Cuyahoga is ultimately an uplifting story of hope, that it is in fact possible for large populations of humans to coexist with natural waterways. An excellent addition to public and school library environmental collections." - The Midwest Book Review

  • "Rivers become ideal metaphors for where we have been and where we are going. This symbolic power is put to marvelous use in The Return of the Cuyahoga...What emerges from [the film] is a local story of vital national importance." - The Plain Dealer

    Awards
  • Gold Award, Ava Awards
  • Award of Distinction, Videographer Awards
  • Bronze World Medal, New York Festivals International Film & Video Awards
  • Award of Excellence, International Academy of the Visual Arts Communicator Awards

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

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    RIVER OF RENEWAL

    By Jack Kohler, Steve Michelson, Stephen Most

    Eight years in the making, River of Renewal chronicles the ongoing battle over the resources of Northern California's and Oregon's Klamath Basin. For its American Indian filmmaker, it is a journey of self-discovery as he uncovers the elemental bond between California native tribes, the river, and its most legendary denizen, the salmon. The film reveals how different dominant groups and generations have extracted resources from the Klamath Basin, with disastrous consequences including the collapse of wild salmon populations. River of Renewal is an illustration of the collision between sustainability and exploitation of our precious and diminishing resources. The outcome may be the largest dam removal project in history and the restoration of a once vital river.

    Reviews
  • "A clear and thorough hour-long documentary that illuminates the multifaceted battle for water and livelihoods on the Klamath River." -Colin Carpenter, International Rivers

  • "It's a compelling tale, made even more poignant by intimate moments with members of the tribal council, fifth-generation commercial fishermen, and salt-of-the earth farmers upstream íV all of whom depend on the Klamath's diminishing flow for survival." -World Rivers Review

    Award
  • Best Documentary Feature - American Indian Film Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 55 minutes

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    FROM HILLTOPS TO OCEANS: STEMMING THE FLOW OF WATER POLLUTION, PART 1

    The UN Environment Program has identified approximately 150 dead zones in the Earth's seas-some more than 40,000 square miles in size. Examining causes ranging from too many partially cremated bodies in the Ganges to defunct sewage systems in Nairobi, this program explains how watercourses flowing into the seas are being polluted and coastal areas are being destroyed. The catastrophic effects on marine habitats as well as on the health and livelihoods of people living near such blighted areas are discussed, and some fruitful protests and surprising innovations are brought to light.

    Note: Only available in the US and Canada.


    DVD / 2004 / 24 minutes

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    FROM HILLTOPS TO OCEANS: STEMMING THE FLOW OF WATER POLLUTION, PART 2

    The Donana marshland. The oyster beds below Rio. The Caspian's sturgeon fishing grounds. The coral reefs of the South Pacific. This program travels to Spain, Brazil, Iran, and Fiji to observe efforts to mitigate severe ecological damage to these sensitive regions-places primarily spoiled by water pollution, with causes as varied as upland agricultural runoff and the rupture of a mine tailings dam. Solutions such as preservation legislation, riverbank reconstruction, the creation of artificial wetlands, cultivation of depleted species of marine life, and even voluntary anti-pollution compliance among commercial stakeholders are featured.

    Note: Only available in the US and Canada.


    DVD / 2004 / 24 minutes

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    TROUBLED WATERS: THE DILEMMA OF DAMS

    By Beth & George Gage

    From the creators of the award-winning film Fire on the Mountain. Depending on whom you ask, the United States has between 75,000 and 2,500,000 dams. Many have outlived their usefulness.

    This film takes a personal, passionate, and controversial look at dams, where commerce is served but nature destroyed. Blending still photos with archival and new footage, the film considers environmental, cultural, economic, and spiritual arguments for and against decommissioning dams, arguing that dams divorce a river from its eco-system, thereby destroying biodiversity and the river's habitat.

    Compelling and informative, the film's voices come from a cross section of people intimately involved with dam and river issues, many of whom you will recognize. Featuring legendary conservationist David Brower, Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit, and well-known Glen Canyon performer and activist Katie Lee, this film raises the question of how much economic value we should extract from our rivers before we've given up too much of the earth's wild beauty. Featuring music by Don Henley.

    Review
  • "This film opens up a brand new chapter on conservation history: eradicating the mistakes that we have made. The film, through poetry, prose and site specific arguments, awakens people to the possibility of the act of restoration and envisioning something that once was." - Bruce Babbit, Former Secretary of the Interior

    Awards
  • Platinum Award in Nature & Wildlife, Worldfest International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Crested Butte Reel Fest
  • Best Conservation Film, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
  • First Prize, Earthvision Environmental Film Festival

    DVD / 2003 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 53 minutes

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    FRESH WATERS FLOWING: BIOLOGICAL MONITORING PROTOCOL

    By Alan Honick

    A region's rivers are really biological ribbons crisscrossing the land. When humans enter and alter a watershed, they alter these ribbons of life. Fresh Waters Flowing explores the connection between humans and rivers. It reveals the links between human influences and the ability of a river to support healthy living communities.

    Featuring James Karr of the University of Washington and Charley Dewberry of Pacific Rivers Council, Fresh Waters Flowing shows how important biological integrity is for rivers and demonstrates how measuring biological condition with the index of biological integrity (IBI) can be a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring the health of watersheds. Biological Monitoring Protocol introduces the index of biological integrity (IBI), the best yardstick for measuring the health of rivers and streams. Measuring pollutants, such as temperature, phosphorus, or toxic chemicals, may tell you if a river is clean, but only a direct biological yardstick like IBI will tell you if a river is healthy.

    IBI has now been adopted to monitor rivers on all continents except Antarctica, by states including Ohio, Vermont, and Florida, and by regional and local organizations nationwide. This program shows you the equipment and techniques you need to use this biological yardstick. This series introduces important science concepts and is appropriate for courses in natural science, environmental science, biology, and water quality at the high school and university levels.

    Review
  • "A terrific introduction to stream ecology. This film leaves the viewer with a clear understanding of the interrelationship between underwater insects, fish, and people." -Tom Murdoch, Director, Adopt-A-Stream Foundation

    DVD / 2002 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 37 minutes

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    THE LONG MARCH

    Community in Chengdu, China has organized to clean-up polluted river.

    China is already home to a fifth of the world's population. To relieve the pressure on scarce farm land and fragile topsoil, the Chinese government is building four hundred new cities over the next 20 years, each housing over half a million residents. New towns and settlements are springing up from nowhere. Others are witnessing an explosion in their populations, stretching their capacity to deliver essential services to breaking point. This film tells the story of one such town.

    Chengdu, in South West China, was once the southern staging post for the silk trade and capital of Shu Kingdom. In 256 BC, Shu leader Li Bing built the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, channeling the Min River through Chengdu in what is still recognized as a triumph for hydraulic engineering. But the irrigation system was neglected and abused during the rapid industrial development of the 1970s, resulting in massive pollution and floods. Today, Chengdu's municipal government has succeeded in reversing the damage, turning what had become an urban nightmare into a model of modern day planning.


    DVD (Color) / 2001 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes

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    CHLORINE SAFETY

    Chlorine is the major chemical used for the sanitation of water, swimming pool disinfection, or in the treatment process of sewage. In the manufacturing world, it's used to treat industrial water and can be found in plastic pipe and hundreds of other uses. It's one of nature's chemicals. It is also one of the most hazardous materials known to man. Chlorine comes in the gaseous form, but when cooled and compressed, the gas becomes liquid. Chlorine is generally shipped to the user in tank cars, in 1-ton cylinders or 150 pound cylinders. Handling, storing, and using chlorine in these cylinders becomes very important to those persons working with the chemical.

    Topics included in this safety video are: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), make sure that piping is dry before admitting chlorine, never put a leaking container into water only dry, oil free air or nitrogen, and never use water to detect or absorb leaking gas.


    DVD / 19 minutes

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    CLEAN WATER ACT

    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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    OUR URBAN ENVIRONMENT: WATER QUALITY - ISSUES IN WATER QUALITY

    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) / 40 minutes

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    TREATMENT PLANT LABORATORY SAFETY

    In this program, we will focus on all the risks of laboratory work. With this in mind, let's concentrate on some of the most important issues. A lot of people are mistakenly under the impression that working in a lab is just about the safest and cushiest job in the organization. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. As you know, you are busy and the lab contains numerous chemicals, processes, and equipment that can cause injury, make you ill or in some cases, result in death.

    Topics included in this safety video are: training, chemical hygiene plans, chemical safety, fume hoods, glassware and cuts, waste chemicals, personal protective and safety equipment, autoclave safety, centrifuge safety, hazard communications, fire prevention, and emergencies.


    DVD / 17 minutes

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    TREATMENT PLANT SAFETY

    Treatment plants are one of the most important parts of society's infrastructure. For without the purification of water and treatment of waste water, the way we live as a nation would not be possible. We must be ever grateful for the agencies and their dedicated professionals who work and train so diligently to provide fresh clean and safe drinking water and properly treated waste water. However, we need to recognize that the water/waste-water industry has a higher injury rate than mining, construction, or logging industries! This short DVD cannot possibly cover in depth all the risks and hazards of working in and around treatment plants, therefore it is imperative to work closely with your supervisor to ensure that you are fully trained and qualified prior to working within your treatment plant.

    Topics included in this safety video are: safety procedures, aerosols containing microbiological and chemical constituents, orientation to the risks and hazards to include health hazards, emergency response and evacuation, chlorine and disinfection chemicals and processes, ladders and fall protection, control of hazardous energy, machine guarding, confined spaces, flammable and explosive environments, and maintenance activities, health hazards and chemical safety, lab safety, control of hazardous energy, plant maintenance safety, confined spaces, and chlorine and disinfectants chemicals.


    DVD / 14 minutes

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    WATER AGENCY SECURITY

    Especially since 9/11, drinking water system facilities are faced with the mandate of incorporating new security measures, tightening ones already in place, and taking a look at a number of other relevant sensitive issues. Damage to wastewater treatment facilities can result in contamination of drinking water supplies, environmental damage, economic impact, and a negative effect on Public Health. It's extremely important that all employees working in and around wastewater treatment facilities take personal responsibility for security and cooperate with all policies and procedures.

    Topics included in this safety video are: The Basics (reviewing all security policies and procedures, appropriate doors are locked, hatches are secure, alarms are set in the office areas, lift stations, and treatment plants, doors and access points to be locked and alarms set when you're away from the area, limit the access to unauthorized employees/visitors/outside personnel by utilizing security badges/code keys/controlled keys, background checks on all employees, report any suspicious activity, and restricting visitors), The Past (by analyzing where and by what means a security breach occurred, you can determine weaknesses in your security plan), Communications, (coordinate your security activities and plan development with other departments, such as police, fire, emergency management, etc), Inventory (inventory all wastewater system facilities), Security (begins with the hiring process), Organizational Security (on-site purification), and Threats (bio-chem water contamination, water system disruption by biological or chemical exposures, water system disruption by vandalism or terrorism).


    DVD / 19 minutes

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    WATER AND SEWER TREATMENT PLANT SAFETY

    Working at treatment plants can be quite hazardous. Just think about it; high voltage, 3-phased energized equipment, deadly chemicals, heavy pumps and motors, repair shops, and a whole lot more. Everyday you're at risk and without training in the risks and hazards of your occupation, the risk increases. There are so many tasks in a treatment plant that depend upon safe operation.

    Topics included in this safety video are: housekeeping, fall protection, metal ladders, check ladders for damage, life jackets are a must when working over water, non-swimmers should not be used, all forklift drivers are to be trained in the safe operation of forklifts, hardhats, inspection and a maintenance program for cranes and forklifts in effect, confined space entry requires strict procedures, testing, and training to work safely, wear hearing protection, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), wash your hands frequently, fire extinguishers should be checked monthly, flammable liquid storage, safety showers and eyewash stations.


    DVD / 13 minutes

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