‘Erie Situation’ film screening, Great Lakes panel discussion to be held at BGSU


Great Lakes and Watershed Studies and the Office of Campus Sustainability at Bowling Green State University will present a screening of the documentary film, “The Erie Situation,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Film Theater, Room 206.

In 2014, the residents of Toledo had to go without running water for three days when a bloom of highly toxic algae entered the drinking water plant from Lake Erie. This event became a wake-up call for stakeholders in the region and beyond that freshwater resources are at risk of becoming toxic.

The Erie Situation explores the confluence of science, public sentiment, politics and the farming lobby as Ohio wrestles with how to confront the drivers of toxic algae in one of the Great Lakes.

Immediately following the film screening, a panel of researchers from Great Lakes and Watershed Studies will discuss the risks that this issue poses to humans and wildlife and how their research impacts efforts to mitigate this growing crisis, both in Ohio and beyond.

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