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GLIN==> Make the Great Lakes Connection on WI PBS and GLF this April



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Wisconsin Public Television and Biodiversity Project
Offer "The Great Lakes Connection" this April
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MADISON, Wis. (April 4, 2007)  Wisconsin residents are being asked to make
the ?Great Lakes Connection? this April as a part of a special partnership
between the Madison, Wisconsin-based Biodiversity Project and Wisconsin
Public Television.  The two groups are teaming up for a special series of
broadcasts about Wisconsin?s connection to the Great Lakes this April on
Wisconsin Public Television?s award-winning, weekly news magazine program In
Wisconsin with Patty Loew, which airs on Thursdays at 7:00 pm. 

?Earth Day is just around the corner and we?re taking this opportunity to
remind Wisconsinites of our important connection to the Great Lakes? noted
Jeffrey Potter, coordinator of Biodiversity Project?s Great Lakes Forever
program.  Great Lakes Forever is a three-year old public education program
that includes educational signage in Wisconsin State Parks, radio and print
awareness ads in Wisconsin and Chicago, educational beer coasters, and a Web
site ? www.greatlakesforever.org ? where Wisconsinites can learn more about
the lakes, threats to their health, and ways they can get personally
involved.

?People in Wisconsin are proud of the Great Lakes and feel a strong personal
responsibility to protect them,? Potter continued, ?but the Lakes are so
huge and have played such an important role in defining our region?s
identity and history, that sometimes it?s hard to believe they?re
vulnerable.?  As part of the television project, Biodiversity Project has
developed a special ?learn more about it? section on their Great Lakes
Forever Web site.  The pages include diaries from In Wisconsin producers,
online video of the stories along with special video-outtakes, a place for
viewer?s comments, ways to get involved and more.

?We?re excited about our special Great Lakes programming this April,? noted
Christine Sloan-Miller, In Wisconsin Series Producer. ?In Wisconsin
spotlights intriguing stories about people, places and issues that are
distinctly Wisconsin,? Sloan-Miller continued. ?This month, our Great Lakes
stories focus on a host of issues, from the dangers of fishing polluted
waters, to restoration of a Lake Superior lighthouse, to invasive species
and more.? she concluded.   Although April is a special focus, more than ten
program segments, which are funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin
Coastal Management Program, will air during the 2006-2007 season.  Past
segments can be viewed at www.greatlakesforever.org.   

Pointing to recent segments, including a story about exports of Great Lakes
water, Potter notes that the broadcasts may also help demystify some
complicated Great Lakes issues. ?Pollution is closing our beaches and
contaminating our fish,? Potter said. ?Invasive species and irresponsible
development are threatening the survival of our native wildlife. And private
interests are pushing to actually buy and sell Great Lakes water for a
profit.  These are scary issues, but there are solutions.  These In
Wisconsin broadcasts will help Wisconsinites understand the issues and,
hopefully, inspire citizens to protect the lakes, and their communities,
every day,? he concluded. 

?The Great Lakes Connection? on In Wisconsin airs statewide on Thursdays at
7 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television (11:30am on Sundays on Milwaukee
Public Television.)  

The broadcast stories and their scheduled airdates are:
April 5 "Lighthouse Rehab," which takes viewers to Raspberry Island in Lake
Superior, a mile and half from Bayfield. There, craftsman are restoring a
rare wood-frame lighthouse and the TV cameras track loving attentions to the
white and gray-trimmed structure, capped by brick-red rooflines and the
glittering, multifaceted light itself.
April 12 "Polluted Fishing," which gauges at the unfortunate results of PCB
pollution in the Sheboygan River whose mouth dumps into Lake Michigan.
Families and individuals fish from the water, oblivious or unconcerned about
the dangers that Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources water specialists
work to correct.
April 19, "Grandma Gen," which profiles an 86-year-old respected tribal
elder of the Red Cliff Band of the Lake Superior Ojibwe. Gen Gosling talks
about the intrinsic fellowship of her people and the waters beyond their
homes.
April 26 "Quagga Mussels" and "Biofouling," are a pair of pieces that
dissect the economic and ecologic harm of non-native species in Wisconsin's
offshore places. The first story compares zebra and quagga mussels, and the
problems each cause. "Biofouling" introduces viewers to two University of
Wisconsin-Madison researchers who are working on low-voltage currents along
boat hulls as a possible means to lose the destructive tagalong creatures.

To learn more about how you can help protect the Great Lakes and watch the
entire ?Great Lakes Connection? series online, visit the Great Lakes Forever
website ? www.greatlakesforever.org.

Note:  WPT repeats the programs at various times following their premieres.
Check wpt.org for schedule information

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Great Lakes Forever is a program of Biodiversity Project. Biodiversity
Project advocates for biodiversity by designing and implementing innovative
communication strategies that build and motivate a broad constituency to
protect biodiversity. A national organization based in Madison, Wisconsin,
the Biodiversity Project has worked with leaders in policy, advocacy,
education, science, religious and grantmaking fields since 1995. For more
information, visit www.biodiversityproject.org and
www.greatlakesforever.org.


Jeffrey Potter
Director of Communications Programs
Biodiversity Project
214 N. Henry St. #201
Madison, WI  53703
 
P:  608-250-9876 x12
F:  608-204-9768
 
Donate and learn more online:  www.biodiversityproject.org
Help the Great Lakes, visit:      www.greatlakesforever.org
Meet your neighbors, chat at:   www.greatlakestownhall.org
 



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