When the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, had to go without running water for three days due to a bloom of highly toxic algae in Lake Erie, it should have been a wake–up call for politicians, big agriculture and citizens everywhere. This film from Michigan-based director David Ruck explores the confluence of science, public sentiment, politics, and the powerful farming lobby as Ohio wrestles with how to confront the drivers of toxic algae in one of the Great Lakes. What’s at stake? Who’s at risk? And will volunteer measures be enough to confront this growing crisis, both in Ohio and beyond? Michigan premiere.
AFTER THE FILM: The post-film discussion following both screenings will be led by Free Press environmental reporter Keith Matheny. They will include film director David J. Ruck, producer Tod Hardin and local environmental scholars.