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W A T E R L I F E
Five Great Lakes. One Last Chance.

September 12th @ 7pm
 

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette St., Havre De Grace, MD


The Great Lakes are changing, and something's not quite right with the water.


No matter where we live, the Great Lakes affect us all. And as species of fish disappear and rates of birth defects and cancer rise, it seems one thing is clear: the Great Lakes are sick - but there's something we can do about it.

Come attend our free screening of Waterlife tomorrow evening to learn more about the ongoing problem of toxins, sewage, invasive species, evaporating water and profound apathy plaguing the Great Lakes today, and how we can help. 


The film will begin at 7:00 PM, at which point our doors will close when we are at capacity.

The monthly Environmental Film Series is brought to you through our ongoing partnership with the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and is funded through a grant by the Joseph Robert Foundation.
 


FIVE FAST FACTS
from Waterlife


1. A whole new class of chemicals - from pharmaceuticals to industrial chemicals - is showing up in bodies of fresh water, including the Great Lakes. 

Municipal water treatment plants are mainly designed to deal with bacteria, metals, and solids. They are able to remove certain odors and tastes from the water - but cannot filter out an emerging class of chemicals that's been discovered, and is found at exponentially high rates in the Great Lakes.

2. The Beluga whale population in the St. Lawrence River is now considered endangered.

There are approximately 70,000 to 100,000 Beluga whales worldwide. Most live in the Arctic Ocean, but also migrated approximately 10,000 years ago to the waters of the St. Lawrence River, where the water temperatures are cold. They're among the most contaminated marine mammals on the planet.

3. Overflows from municipalities surrounding the Great Lakes contribute to billions of gallons of waste going into the Lakes every year.

Much of this is a combination of raw sewage, stormwater and other debris. Run-off from urban development, coupled with the strain on underground pipes and sewage lines, has led to massive pollution, as wastewater is poorly managed and often released directly into the Lakes.

4. On average, 100 billion gallons of water evaporate from the Great Lakes each day.

We have been hearing the warnings for some time: climate change is triggering water levels to rise dramatically in various parts of the world - except for the Great Lakes, that is, where they are literally disappearing into thin air. This has a devastating effect on the wetlands throughout the Great Lakes basin, and the species that rely on these ecosystems to thrive.

5. The changing face of the Great Lakes is forcing an entire industry to rethink its path.

Shipping on the Great Lakes goes back to the trade boom of the 1800s, when beaver pelts were the big commodity. Nowadays, ships' hidden cargo is found in the form of invasive species that hitchhike into the Lakes, wreaking havoc on native populations of aquatic species. Water evaporation has dramatically alters the shorelines, and commercial vessels are forced to carry less and less cargo as water levels decrease. 
 
Watch the official trailer for Waterlife (2009).
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