Poisoned Waters, the PBS special scheduled for April 21st at 9 PM, is a program I would encourage everyone around the country to watch. The waters you see above are part of the vast Puget Sound, which is one of the water bodies discussed. In this case, you are looking at the water from the Silverdale shoreline. Portions of the Sound (not Silverdale) are already dead (no plant or aquatic life, no oxygen), others are in peril. Waters, here and in other areas around the country, are so beautiful they capture our hearts, often making it far too easy to avoid the realities that lie beneath the surface. Watch Poisoned Waters. It speaks volumes about the good work and successes, along with making clear the work which still needs doing. We can all be a part of the change, but first...know the facts in order to know where your efforts can have the greatest positive impact.
PBS - Frontline
"More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways - the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay - are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species is also threatened in both estuaries. As a new President, Congress, and States set new agendas and spending priorities, FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it's so hard to keep our waters clean."
Once you've seen the program, you may be interested in knowing more about Nisqually River Council and the Nisqually Land Trust, as they are discussed in the piece. Those links can be found in the side bar of this blog.