A look at the natural beauty and environmental crisis surrounding the Great Lakes.



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Cast overview:
Bruce Baur ...
Himself - Baur Farms
Ernest Benedict ...
Himself - Akwesasne First Nation
John K. Bruce ...
Himself - Green Bay, WI
Robert Budds ...
Himself - Bath, IL
Harriet F. Cassick ...
Herself - Niagara Falls, NY
Jacob W. Cassick ...
Himself - Niagara Falls, NY
Leonard R. Cassick ...
Himself - Niagara Falls, NY
Pat Chow Frasier ...
Herself - McMaster Unviersity
Robert S. Christenson ...
Himself - EPA
Christopher Clayton Carlson ...
Himself - Carlson Builders
Dan Kouchie ...
Himself - Pic River First Nation
Andrea Curtis ...
Herself - Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Erica Curtis ...
Herself - Pointe au Baril, Ontario
Veronik de La Chenelière ...
Herself - Marine Mammal Research Group
Joanne Dejonges ...
Herself - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore


Water's journey from streams entering Lake Superior to the mouth of the Saint Lawrence Seaway takes 350 years. The narration establishes the importance of the Great Lakes for the U.S. and Canada's fresh water. Then, for each of the Great Lakes, plus Lake St. Clair, the film focuses on specific environmental problems: lamprey eels in Lake Superior, heavy metals in Lake Michigan, zebra mussels in Lake Huron, petrochemical waste in Lake Erie, and toxic waste dumps near Lake Ontario all degrade human and animal health. The film argues that governments and industry turn a blind eye to needed clean up and regulation, putting plants, fish, birds, and humans at risk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Depressing but well done documentary
22 January 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A documentary examining the Great Lakes elaborate ecosystem and the threat posed by climate change and pollution (hello Detroit). Hmmm why do 50% of beluga whales have cancer? Lets go back along the food chain and up the river to find out. Lets get horrified, scared and depressed by what we see.

Some beautiful scenery here but mostly this just depressed the hell out of me. Why am I even bothering to recycle my meager tin cans & milk jugs when big companies are devastating the land and water and places like Chicago are still pumping their sewage into the waterways (you can't even touch the water there).

Frustrating and well done documentary with some cool little graphics of carcinogens floating about and explained in a Jurassic Park (cartoon) sort of way. 08.13

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