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"Clean Water, Common Ground"

"Clean Water, Common Ground" (DVD, National Film Network) - A penetrating look at Hawaii's struggles to address water quality issues in "paradise," Clean Water, Common Ground contends that the responsibility of maintaining good conservation paractice is upon each one of us. We must recognize the dramatic role water has in shaping our environment, and how it affects different species of animals and fish in the ocean. If we address the chief threats to our environment and determine the measures needed to tacke those threats head-on, we may be able to preserve both water and land for many generations to come. But we must act now! (27-minute, made-for-TV documentary plus extra 27-minute studio discussion). WINNER OF TWO TELLY AWARDS [Silver Award for Wildlife/Nature Documentary and Bronze Award for Documentary).

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E1. Inhuman Water Quality Standards

After viewing BOTH the feature, "Clean Water, Common Ground" AND the Studio Discussion, consider this: Global water quality standards for humans are slowly beginning to emerge, nationa by nation, area by area. Is there also a need for water quality standards for animals and plants?

Kaiaka-Waialua Hydrologic Unit (KWHUA) Project members constantly struggled with this question. What is most important: Humans or the animals and plants upon which they depend?

View a short film by Dr. Tom Goreau entitled "Tourism, Water Quality and Coral Reef Health". Watch it closely; look especially for the absence or presence of algae - a sign of nutrient contamination, especially in embayments and coastal areas with coral reefs.

Now download and read an Adobe.pdf article arguing for Coastal Water Quality Standards for Dolphins.

Do you think lake, river, embayment and/or ocean water quality standards should protect native animals and plants as well as humans? I'd love to hear your individual or group ideas about this key topic: Post a summary of your opinion on the Official "Clean Water, Common Ground" Movie Blog. Afterwards, I invite you to go to National Film Network's Clean Water, Common Grouond website and post your viewer's opinion of "Clean Water, Common Ground" and any comments you might have regarding these learning resources.


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