Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes

Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Pictured: Sea lampreys


This two-part documentary takes audiences below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, and into the middle of a complex war for survival.

The program follows researchers on the front lines as they combat invasive species and work to restore native species, in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes. Making Waves: The Battle for the Great Lakes will air in two parts on July 3 and 10 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, is a documentary labor of love by two Chicago filmmakers about something they very much dislike: invasive species.

"For more than a century, non-native species of plants, fish, invertebrates, and microscopic organisms have been silently invading the Great Lakes, leaving devastation in their wake," states a news release about the production.

The documentary was filmed and produced by husband-and-wife team Brendan and Jessica Walsh, who spent six years producing their close-up look at one of the Great Lakes' biggest ecological problems, including the zebra mussel, sea lamprey and silver carp. The film is narrated by a very familiar voice, television journalist Bill Kurtis.

"As we researched the history of the Great Lakes, we found invasive species to be one of the biggest threats to the Lakes today and realized it was a story not many people were aware of," Jessica Walsh said in the release.

The Great Lakes supplies drinking water to 40 million people and supports a $7 billion fishing industry.