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Mother Ocean: The Heartland Connection

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Join us October 2 for screening of the new documentary Ocean Frontiers. This film chronicles a "new era in ocean stewardship." Included are coral reefs in the Florida Keys and the nation's premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi River delta, where Iowa farmers and wetland ecologists collaborate.

Trained marine ecologist (and Gulf coast native) Elaine Giesel, of the neighboring Kanza Group, will present and facilitate the program.

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act,” explains Ms. Giesel. "Although Midwesterners live far from the coast, we benefit tremendously from the ocean's "free" ecological services. In return, we send pollution to the Gulf via the Mississippi watershed and emit carbon dioxide and mercury to the air, impacting seas worldwide."

Ms. Giesel served on the Habitat Protection Advisory Committee to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and helped start the Gulf Restoration Network. She is currently a member of the national Marine Action Team.

To get involved in ocean issues, go to: http://connect.sierraclub.org/Team/Marine_Action_Team and click Heartland-Ocean Connections under "Our Projects."

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