Whether you go out on a boat, to a beach or get your drinking water from Lake Erie, you know harmful algal blooms are a problem.
But they’re not limited to this Great Lake. The blooms are a threat to all five lakes, the connectors like the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair and other parts of the watershed.
A new documentary explores the issue and helps residents of the region understand what’s a stake and what possible solutions could be. Produced by David J. Ruck and Plastic Oceans, the film has aired at film festivals around the region this year. Ruck, who lives in Muskegon, Mich., is a regular contributor to Great Lakes Now.
In partnership, PBS stations in six cities and three states that border Lake Erie — and one along Lake Superior — are simultaneously broadcasting the film and sharing more resources with residents about this important environmental and economic issue.
Tune in at 9 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 12 on:
Buffalo Public Media in New York
Detroit Public Television in southeast Michigan
Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland, Ohio
WGTE-TV in Toledo, Ohio
WNMU-TV in Marquette, Michigan
WQLN-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania
Read the latest on harmful algal blooms:
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Experts and activists agree many waterways are healthier now.
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Law and policy treat farms as special class of polluter.
Toxic algae can sicken people and animals. Few states have routine testing programs to check, so some volunteer groups are stepping in to fill that gap.
Water sampling finds no reduction in bloom-producing nutrients.
Formed in a year known for two water crises, the Cleveland Water Alliance leader is working to prevent the next one.
More than half of U.S. states have maps and lists where you can find updates about toxic algae bloom outbreaks.
Billions spent on strategies to limit nutrient pollution that don’t work.