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"If Our Water Could Talk," a WNED-TV documentary, will be followed by a community discussion on the future of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – As part of a multifaceted WNED ǀ WBFO community initiative, a 30-minute documentary "If Our Water Could Talk," which goes in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource, will air on WNED-TV on Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m. Following the documentary, "Buffalo's Outer Harbor - A Community Discussion," a conversation with a panel of experts about the potential options for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, will air at 9:30 p.m.

"If Our Water Could Talk" weaves historical context with contemporary stories and characters connected to the water. It tells the story of water as a driving force in Buffalo’s rise through industrialization, its subsequent economic decline and efforts by community leaders to reconnect communities to the water. The program evokes the beauty of the region’s water resources and captures the unique character of the Buffalo River. The documentary also explores issues related to water resources in the region. It touches on conservation, environmental cleanup, community and public access, commercial and industrial development, and economic growth.

"Buffalo's Outer Harbor - A Community Discussion" comes at a time when key decisions about the future of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor are being determined, building on the waterfront success that is happening at Canalside and Inner Harbor. A discussion, taped in the WNED Studios, included a panel of experts discussing the potential options for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to be a world class waterfront. Select photos that were submitted via social media using the hashtag #wnywater will be featured in a photo montage.

Panelists include Robert Gioia (Chairman, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.); Jill Jedlicka (Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper); Joanne Witty (Former President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation) and Edward McClelland (author). The community discussion will be moderated by Sam Magavern (Co-director, Partnership for the Public Good).

Also the week of May 12, a series of radio reports will air on WBFO-FM 88.7 during "Morning Edition" at 5:33, 7:33 and 9:33 a.m. These exclusive feature stories will zero-in on the history of Buffalo River, historical conditions and concerns, fish and wildlife, access to Buffalo River and waterfront and the future of the Buffalo River.

Along with the documentary and community discussion, "If Our Water Could Talk" includes an extensive companion website. WNED ǀ WBFO plans in-depth coverage over a period of time about critical water issues. # # #

Funding for "If Our Water Could Talk" is provided by HSBC and Honeywell. With additional funding from The Joy Family Foundation and Lawley Insurance.


Facebook: Watch "If Our Water Could Talk" and an important community discussion on the future of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on WNED-TV, Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m.! #wnywater

Twitter: Tune in to @WNEDTV for "If Our Water Could Talk" & discussion on #Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on 5/12 at 9p! #wnywater

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