March 07, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's Green Screens documentary series continues with a public screening of the film "Liquid Assets" on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

Admission is free to this film, which examines the critical role that the nation's water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity.

"Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure" tells of the nation's distressed essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. These complex and aging systems — some in the ground for more than 150 years — are critical components for basic sanitation, health, public safety, economic development and a host of other necessities of life in the United States.

Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU-TV) created the 90-minute documentary in 2008 about the looming crisis of the nation's aging water system and how communities are trying to meet the challenge. "The goal of this public service media project is to stimulate community discussion and bring this issue into the public consciousness," said Tom Keiter, executive producer.

The documentary explores major water, sewage, and stormwater infrastructure issues facing communities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

Cathy Curran Myers, interim director of Bucknell University's Environmental Center, will moderate a panel discussion following the documentary. Myers' career in environmental law and policy spans three decades and includes executive level management in government, business and academia. Prior to her appointment at Bucknell, she served as Deputy Secretary for Water Management in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), where she shaped the water policy of the Commonwealth from 2003-2009.

The panel will include Kevin Gilmore, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Bucknell, and Marcus Kohl, director of the new Office of Program Innovation for the PADEP, who was lead staff for Gov. Rendell's Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force in 2008.

"Liquid Assets" is a production of WPSU, Penn State Public Broadcasting. Major funding for the documentary was provided by the Colcom Foundation, with additional funding from the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers and its Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Insituform Technologies, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Green Screens, a sustainability-themed series, is presented regularly by the Bucknell University Environmental Center and the Campus Theatre. Each film is followed by an opportunity for audience discussion with a panel led by local experts.

The final film in the spring series, "Climate Refugees," will be shown on April 24 and will focus on the people who are displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters.

Contact: Division of Communications