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

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.

DVD also includes as a special feature the original 1960 version of the academy award-winning NFB short by Bill Mason, Paddle to the Sea.

Author Kevin McMahon
Publisher National Film Board of Canada
Subject water; water security, environment, the great lakes
Released 2009
Length 109 mins