[USA] A new docuseries that raises awareness of the global toxic algae bloom issue, which is caused by excess phosphorus in water, has been developed. To learn more Digital Journal spoke with the team behind the series.
A new docuseries highlights both the global toxic algae bloom issue and the impact of this issue on all 50 U.S. states. The effect is to taint drinking water and kill wildlife. The series was created by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and National Geographic photographer Andy Mann.
The docuseries explores the crisis, but also highlights the people who are working diligently to find a solution. The series has been posted onto YouTube and includes “Water Positive: Reflections on the Algal Bloom Crisis”; “Water Positive: The Story of Lake Erie”; and “Water Positive: The Story of the Long Island Sound”. An excerpt from the latter is shown in the video below:
The docuseries is a new effort to create more visibility for challenges caused by harmful algae blooms and to highlight the work that is being done to solve for it. Digital Journal spoke with Andy Mann and Mark Slavens, Vice President of R&D, Environmental Affairs at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
Digital Journal: How serious are global toxic algae blooms?
Mark Slavens: Harmful algal blooms are a global crisis affecting water bodies in all 50 U.S. states, and the EPA estimates that it costs the U.S. economy $2.2 billion annually. This is the same problem that put Florida in a state of emergency in 2016 and left half a million Ohioans without drinking water in 2014. Toxic blooms of blue-green algae are mainly caused by high phosphorus levels in the water. Phosphorus can reach waterways from numerous sources, including runoff from agricultural fertilizer, wastewater treatment plants, leaking home septic systems and even runoff from lawns can contribute.
DJ: What is the impact on wildlife? And to human health?
DJ: What steps are being taken to address the issue?
DJ: How important is it to educate the public on the issue? How did you get involved with making the video series?
DJ: How did you go about making the movies?
DJ: You must have filmed a great deal. How did you go about putting everything together?
Mann: We captured a ton of different interviews and compiled them into a three-part docuseries that highlights the issue from three different perspectives: my own, Lake Erie and the Long Island Sound. The three videos were shared across my Instagram channel and ScottsMiracle-Gro’s channels on World Water Day. For me, I do most of my storytelling through Instagram because my work is so visual.
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