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Take Back the Lake

Copper Box's music featured on a indie film, "Take Back the Lake"...airing on WI television.

Take Back the Lake, a film showcasing how water quality is impacting Manitowoc County.

Take Back the Lake is a film about one man's exploration of how water quality impacts a community on Lake Michigan. In the film, we hear from Mark Kuether who returned from over 3 years in Florida to his home Wisconsin and found how disturbed the water quality has become.

Experts and local residents talk about their experiences surrounding the water including beach use, drinking water, and recreation. Remarkable underwater footage is seen on how discolored and polluted Lake Michigan became after the June 2008 Midwest floods. Other discussion focuses on how controversial the Wisconsin DNR has become, paying too much attention to lobbyists in Madison, and operating as a bureaucracy instead of a true scientific agency.

The most notable milestone is Brian Backhaus and his decision to bicycle solo across the country while raising money for Silver Lake Park. A park which once sat along side the most polluted lake in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in terms of phosphorus.

Local residents and experts agree that more action needs to be taken to ensure water quality remains a clean, stable resource for their children and theirs for generations to come. They also find it's the individual who needs to speak up and do something to make a change. While many quickly point out lack of ambition from the county board to get more involved on contamination problems of Lake Michigan, others are mindful of basic things all can do to raise awareness and help everyone understand the value of water quality and Lake Michigan.

Take Back the Lake will be playing on Time Warner Channel 4 in Valders beginning later in the week of May 10'th, and will be playing in the city of Manitowoc on Comcast Channel 20 later this month. Catch Mark Kuether speaking with the Breakfast Club on WCUB radio at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday May 13 for all the details on the movie and where to catch a screening.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to mark@ourspaceshipearth.net

For more information: www.takebackthelake.com

Posted by Michelle Jerabek on Thursday, June 18, 2009