Alexandra Cousteau Launches Blue Legacy Newsroom to Raise Awareness of Global Water Issues
Creating greater awareness of water events and sustainable water stewardship, the Blue Legacy Newsroom, a partnership between Blue Legacy International and Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), with support from Keurig Green Mountain, has unveiled its first pilot video news stories exploring the nutrient pollution challenges and toxic blue algae on Lake Champlain, Vermont.
The innovative public-private partnerships and policy reform in Vermont coupled with the lake’s long history of research provide a rich background for launching the newsroom’s first news videos in its effort to shape a public dialogue around water stewardship and a sustainable water future.
Lake Champlain is one of the largest bodies of water in the U.S. outside the Great Lakes and is home to more than 80 species of fish and other marine life. It’s also the primary drinking water source for more than 200,000 residents. High levels of nutrient pollution in the water system can result in cyanobacteria, often called blue-green algae, which can sometimes produce neurotoxins that can be deadly to wildlife and animals, not to mention paralyzing our drinking water supply.
The Blue Legacy Newsroom brings together global water advocate and Blue Legacy Founder Alexandra Cousteau with the production of original multi-media content to provide comprehensive coverage on water events across the U.S. and countries around the world. The newsroom, with expeditions led by Alexandra Cousteau, creates and distributes accessible water news for real people through compelling storytelling that raises awareness of the important water related events we experience with increased frequency and intensity in everyday life.