Documentary explores how cities are adopting innovative green solutions for their water blues
The nation’s potable water sources are chronically threatened by an out-of-date water infrastructure, storm water runoff and record-breaking droughts. Filmmakers at Penn State Public Media recognized this environmental dilemma and produced an interactive documentary project exploring how cities across the country are adopting innovative green solutions for their water blues.
“Water Blues, Green Solutions” takes the viewer on a journey to Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio; and the Bronx, N.Y.; showcasing communities that are using green infrastructure—land conservation, green roofs, rain gardens, porous surfaces and other methods—to remedy the challenges of flooding, pollution and scarcity.
The film has been distributed to public broadcasting stations nationwide, and additional airdates will be listed on the “Water Blues” website as they become available. Airdates have already been confirmed in Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City, Kan.
As part of Penn State Public Media’s outreach efforts, the 60-minute film is also available for community screenings and events. Several screenings have already been scheduled for Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and San Antonio among others.
Penn State Public Media has launched an in-depth website that allows visitors to create their own virtual experiences of the film’s locations and themes. Loaded with extra footage and new, interactive ways to explore “Water Blues,” the site additionally includes an online toolkit designed to help organize and promote screenings. Stories produced by public radio stations across the country through the project’s grant initiative can also be found online.
The “Water Blues, Green Solutions” documentary and related outreach efforts received major funding from Colcom Foundation and Subaru of America, with additional support from William Penn Foundation, National Association of Clean Water Agencies and Park Foundation.