Watershed and Take Back the Lake are films about the exploration of how water quality impacts a
community on Lake Michigan.
Experts and local residents talk about their experiences surrounding the water including beach use, drinking water, and recreation. Stunning underwater footage shows 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.
A notable milestone is Brian Backhaus and his decision to bicycle across the country to raise 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.