The Emmy Award-winning Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story
tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming
along the Mississippi, and the efforts being taken to reverse this
damage. America’s heartland boasts some of the world’s most productive
farmland, but this bounty has come with a price. Excess crop
fertilizers are contaminating the nation’s rivers, lakes and aquifers,
while at the same time precious soil is washing away.
traces the development of America’s bountiful harvest and examines its
effect on the legendary river, as well as the “dead zone” created in the
Gulf of Mexico. Knitting together federal energy, farm and
environmental policies, the film makes a compelling case for revamping
US agricultural policy and practices. It also helps viewers to grasp a
profound truth – that a single drop of water in the upper Midwest has an
impact far downstream.
Through beautiful photography and narrative, Troubled Waters
emphasizes solutions, providing a hopeful blueprint for progress and
positive change. The film tells the stories of farmers, scientists and
citizens who are pursuing more sustainable land-use practices that meet
the goals of an ambitious, food-producing nation, while ensuring the
long-term health of its most precious natural resources.
Reviews & Awards"Highly recommended. Recounts the disturbing transformations in the Mississippi River, which has fueled America’s economic greatness, its mighty heartland, but at crippling environmental and social costs.By highlighting environmentally-friendly practices – and urging the government to switch its subsidies to conservation rather than maximizing crop yields – the film points a way to a solution.
- Educational Media Reviews Online
"An awesome example of mankind's impact on an ecosystem...a launching point for a research project on other troubled ecosystems. it not only presents the problem, it also presents both the causes and possible remedies for the long term health of the ecosystem."
– NSTA Recommends
"...Troubled Waters puts a much-needed spotlight on Mississippi River pollution and the threat posed by high sediment levels …"
– Star & Tribune
“Troubled Waters invites us to have an open, honest discussion about the challenges of cleaning up the Mississippi River.”
– Whitney L. Clark Friends of the Mississippi River
Winner of Three Emmys, Including Best Topical Documentary
Environmental Film Festival in Our Nation’s Capital
Oneota Film Festival
Iowa Independent Film Festival