Water is the essential life-giving force on Earth; we literally cannot live without it. Compared to many parts of the nation and the world, New England is blessed with an abundance of clean, fresh water. Yet in overabundance water can also be a powerfully destructive force. Tropical Storm Irene reminded Vermonters of this truism last year when flood waters washed away roads, bridges, homes, and livelihoods. Fortunately, many of the same things New Englanders can do to protect ourselves from flooding also help to keep our water clean and full of healthy aquatic wildlife.
Don’t believe it? Well, to quote the John Fogerty song, “I know it’s true, oh so true, ’cause I saw it on TV.” Vermont Public Television to be exact, which is broadcasting documentary films in the Bloom series produced by the Emmy Award-winning team at Bright Blue Media. The clip below is from the upcoming episode “A New Reverence for Water,” which highlights emerging solutions to the pollution and flooding problems that poorly controlled “stormwater” runoff from the developed landscape are causing in communities throughout New England.
If this clips whets your appetite, you can see the full episode this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Vermont Public Television (or you can watch it on You Tube here), right after another episode showing at 8:00 p.m.–Bloom: The Agricultural Renaissance (also on YouTube here).
CLF advocates (myself included) appear along with regulators, academics, local and national policymakers, and business-people with experience implementing the pollution solutions highlighted in the films. Author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben and United Nations Senior Adviser on Water Maude Barlow are among those also featured in the documentaries that are narrated by Academy Award Winning Actor Chris Cooper.
From Vermont to Portland, Oregon, the documentaries depict pollution solutions and illustrates how simple, affordable changes to our built environment and our food production will help us ensure enough clean water and flood resiliency. It’s truly must-see TV.