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The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
Protection of the Great Lakes was the objective of a 1970s...
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The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
The five Great Lakes are the world's largest source of fresh...
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The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
The 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement committed...
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The Great Clean-up
Excerpt  (4:24) 1976, production : James Carney
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Protection of the Great Lakes was the objective of a 1970s agreement between Canada and the United States. The Great Lakes contain over 20% of the earth's fresh water. The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was a response to public alarm over industrial and domestic pollution. There was a need for solutions that balanced the needs of industry with a clean environment.

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This film is about the Great Lakes, how they were polluted and how they are being cleaned up. To tidy up the biggest body of fresh water in the world is a massive operation. The Great Clean-up documents some of the elements of this operation, including changes to legislation affecting the emission of industrial pollutants into the environment, on both sides of the Canada/US. border. The film's images speak very strongly for the importance of saving the Great Lakes from further pollution.