Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes

Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes
April 20, 2017 paperlesslion

Protecting our Great Lakes takes center stage TONIGHT on Detroit Public Television Channel 56. Catch “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes,” beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Here’s the trailer:

At 9 p.m. ET tonight (Thursday, April 20) on Detroit Public Television Channel 56, get an in-depth look at the invasive species that are threatening the future of the Great Lakes in Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, a two-hour documentary that takes viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and into the middle of a complex war for survival.

For more than a century, non-native species of plants, fish, invertebrates and microscopic organisms have been silently invading the Great Lakes, leaving devastation in their wake. These invasive species are transforming the ecosystem from top to bottom, pushing some native species to the brink of extinction, and costing the region hundreds of millions of dollars in control costs and lost revenue each year. With more than 180 invasive species in the Great Lakes watershed, and new invasives on the radar, the future of the Great Lakes is at stake.  Narrated by Bill KurtisMaking Waves traces the path of the invasion and joins researchers on the front lines as they combat invasives and work to restore native species, in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Now (GLN) spoke with Making Waves producer Jessica Walsh who made the film along with her husband, director of photography Brendan Walsh, earlier this week. Walsh told GLN, “We knew we wanted to do a film about the Great Lakes and do something that made a difference in the Great Lakes Region… We knew lots of people didn’t know about the amount of invasive species wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes and we wanted to educate the people and help open their eyes to it and help them be part of the solution.” The full interview can be read on the GLN website here:

Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes airs tonight (Thursday, April 20th) from 9-11pm ET on DPTV.

To learn more about the film and how to get involved, visit

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