America's Water Crisis
We all contribute to nonpoint source pollution of our water!
"Nonpoint source pollution" encompasses all runoff pollution that does not come from a single source. It's the oil, grease, and trash on our streets that flows into the drains during a downpour; the runoff of fertilizers and pesticides from farmland, golf courses, and lawns. By some estimates it contributes 80% of the contamination that is found in this nation's water resources.
Directed by Wayne Ewing
Produced by Lower Colorado River Authority
Presented and narrated by Walter Cronkite
The program focuses on how nonpoint pollution has affected the lives of people in four regions of the country. In the Chesapeake Bay, a once thriving oyster industry has all but vanished. In Minnesota, underground reservoirs have been contaminated. In Tennessee, reservoirs have silted up, rendering the hydro-generators useless. And in Texas, nonpoint pollution is threatening the Highland Lakes, as well as Barton Springs, a popular spring-fed pool in Austin.
We all contribute to nonpoint pollution, and as Walter Cronkite says, "How we live our lives on the land will determine what kind of water we will leave for our children."
Grade Level: Grades 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1989
Copyright Date: 1989
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-616-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-212-1
"Solutions to the problem are highlighted, including an efficient agricultural waste-management system and municipal legislation that regulates overdevelopment."
"This is a hard-hitting documentary...highly recommended for high school libraries and public libraries."
"This production is recommended for all who have an interest in clean water. High schools, community colleges, and public libraries will find many applications for this video."
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Awards and Festivals
***** Video Rating Guide for Libraries
CINE Golden Eagle
Silver Award, John Muir Medical Film Festival
Bronze Award, Houston International Film Festival
Recommended, National Council for Geographic Education
Urban and Regional Planning