A new documentary written and directed by Ramiro Berardo, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is available to watch for free on YouTube. The documentary, And Water for All, debuted on World Water Day (March 22) at the Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program followed by a community screening at Studio 35 in Columbus, OH.
COLUMBUS—A documentary film that explores the complexities of water access and affordability in Ohio will debut both virtually and in person on March 22, World Water Day.
The film, And Water for All, was written, directed, and produced by faculty, staff, and students from The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).
Building and maintaining the physical infrastructure to deliver high-quality, affordable water to Ohio’s citizens is a costly endeavor, and how to pay for these important investments can lead to heightened levels of social and political conflict. The documentary examines the challenges that governmental and nongovernmental actors will face to secure access to clean, affordable water in the coming decades.
“With this film, I set out to explore the complex conversations about water affordability across the state of Ohio with the goal of amplifying the voices of those who work toward providing clean, affordable water for all,” said Ramiro Berardo, SENR associate professor of environmental and natural resources policy and the film’s writer and director.
Farmers, researchers, students, extension specialists and NGOs came together for the inaugural Field Day of the Optimized Shrub System (OSS), an innovative management system developed for rainfed crops in the West African Sahel.
School of Environment and Natural Resources Associate Professor Steve Lyon recently convened a session entitled “Let citizens with smartphones modernize water resources management” at World Water Week. This year’s global event, with 13,000 participants from 188 countries attending the conference, had the theme of Water Security for All.
City living appears to improve reproductive success for migratory tree swallows compared to breeding in more environmentally protected areas, a new five-year study suggests. But urban life comes with a big trade-off – health hazards linked to poorer water quality. “With urbanization expanding worldwide, we are transforming the landscape. And this isn’t going away,” said lead author Mažeika Sullivanof the new study featured in Ohio State News. Sullivan is thedirector of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State. “My lab is looking at how urbanization affects multiple responses of ecosystems – what those changes are and quantifying them, but also seeing what this tells us about how we can manage and conserve ecosystems and wildlife in this context.
Farmers in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan now have a new guide for creating fertile ground for their corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa crops. Working with a team of soil scientists and agronomists from across Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, Steve Culman, a soil fertility specialist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), led the effort to revise a 1995 guide for fertilizing field crops. The free and newly revised Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa offers guidelines for how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and micronutrients soil should have to spur high crop yields without jeopardizing water quality.