Welcome to POISONED WATERS
This discussion guide and DVD are drawn from the PBSFRONTLINE investigative report, POISONED WATERSwith Hedrick Smith as correspondent. In that program,we showed the kinds of pollution now contaminating America’s waterways, political obstacles blockingrestoration of great estuaries like Chesapeake Bay andPuget Sound, and some local strategies that havescored successes.We have designed this kit to stimulate public discussionof effective techniques and crucial issues of educationalreform. It is intended for teachers, parents, principals, administrators and anyoneinterested in improving public schools.
How To Use This Guide
This guide can be used either with a DVD of the two-hour documentary, POISONEDWATERS, or with the special DVD clip reel of program excerpts.The guide is broken into several sections. On pages 1 and 22, you’ll find a descriptionof the main elements of the program. Pages 2-21 set out ten topics for discussion,selected to highlight important issues in protecting our waters. For example, stormwaterrunoff, agricultural pollution, new chemical contaminants, how grass-roots action canforce a Superfund cleanup or control development. Each topic is covered by a two-pagewrite-up and suggested questions.A matching video segment illustrates the issue.Select a topic and read the summary.Watch the matching segment on the DVD ofexcerpts. If you have a DVD of the full program or a special DVD that containsadditional Puget segments, the DVD is chaptered to make it easy for you to locateeach video segment. After reading the topic write-up and viewing the matching video clip, you can then readand discuss the related questions with your group.We hope the discussion and thisprogram generate new ideas for effective environmental protection in your community.Hedrick Smith
Photo by: Susan Zox