CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

The Erie Situation

Year: 2022
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 71 minutes

The Erie Situation
The Erie Situation
The Erie Situation
The Erie Situation

Is the lake supposed to be…green? THE ERIE SITUATION wades through the troubled waters of Lake Erie, whose highly toxic algae blooms are keeping boaters, fishermen, and water lovers at bay. In 2014 these toxins meandered their way into Toledo’s drinking water, forcing the city to go without for three days. Since then citizens have invested heavily in new water treatment technology to ensure it never happens again. But the mayor is calling for action at the root of the problem: a surplus of agricultural runoff. While some farmers are voluntarily changing to more sustainable practices, the increasing number of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are finding ways to duck regulations with no accountability for what happens downstream. Shoreline communities including Point Place, Ohio struggle to stay afloat—physically and economically—as the sticky, pungent waters leave locals with persistent coughs, itchy eyes, and respiratory issues. Up against a strong farming lobby, scientists and citizens are desperately fighting for their own safety and the rights to protect their beloved water. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Allen Theatre

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 7:25 PM

Monday, April 04, 2022 at 4:50 PM

Westfield Studio Theatre

Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 9:25 AM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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