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The Great Lakes: Water Under Fire Series, Episode 4

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This title is a part of the series Water Under Fire Series: A Coast to Coast Investigation of Canada’s Freshwater


Catalogue Number:  GG0004
Producer:  George Gallant
Subject:  Canadian Geography, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Social Studies, Travel
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  28:41


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The Great Lakes are the largest fresh water system in the world. The basin is home to Canada's largest urban population, which exacts a toll on the lakes. Chemicals and pharmaceuticals are flushed into the lakes, altering the health of all species in the water. We board the Limnos, a floating laboratory used by the National Water Research Institute to monitor water quality, fish populations and invasive species like the zebra mussel. Inland, we look at the impacts of farming on waterways and see what's being done to clean them up. Hundreds of small municipalities are responsible for delivering safe drinking water to their residents, but what if the system fails? We examine the Walkerton tragedy, E-coli outbreaks, widespread illness and death. Can it happen again?


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