Flow: For Love of Water
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. ‘Flow’ confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?” Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
Film Trailer HERE
Teacher, Environmental Science
Ossining High School
Artie has taught Environmental Science at Ossining High School for eleven years. A Fairfield University grad, he first worked in the energy field as an engineer in the Southwest US and the Gulf of Mexico. He has been a high school science teacher for thirty-five years, the last nineteen in the Ossining district. He has also taught advanced courses on Long Island Sound and the Hudson River. Along with his teaching duties, he is working with other Ossining educators and students on a water quality project at the Ossining waterfront with Riverkeeper. The goal of the sampling is to open the beach at Ossining to swimming.
Water and Sewer Superintendent
Village of Ossining, Indian Brook Water Filtration Plant
As the Village of Ossining’s Water and Sewer Superintendent, Andrew Tiess oversees the Indian Brook Water Filtration Plant, and is in charge of the distribution system that supplies water to the 30,000 residents of the Village and Town of Ossining. In the past 11 years, the Indian Brook Water Filtration Plant has received two advancement awards from the Westchester Water Works Association in recognition of the plant’s streamlining of operations and reduction of costs. Prior to coming to Ossining, he worked in other municipalities including New Castle where he managed all maintenance operations at their new Millwood Water Treatment Plant, and Mount Kisco where he was charged with the task of starting up their new Mount Kisco Water Treatment Plant. Andrew is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Westchester Water Works Association and The Westchester County Association of Municipal Public Works Administrators.
National Award Winning Science Research Program Student, Senior Year
Ossining High School
Alina is exemplary student at Ossining High School: aside from being musically talented, she is in the National Honor Society, works in the Mercy College Science and Technology Enrichment program, is part Senator David Carlucci’s Student Advisory Council, and was an Intern in Ossining High School’s Beach Sampling program, where she sampled and processed shoreline samples weekly to investigate harmful bacteria levels in the Hudson River, which was later presented to Riverkeeper.
Alina’s science research on Microplastic Particulate Ubiquitous in the Waters of the Lower Hudson River Estuary, estimates the abundance of microplastic in the Hudson River and studies the relationship between wastewater treatment plant proximity and the amount microplastic matter. Her research was the first to estimate the amount of microplastic in the Hudson River, our nutrient-rich river that serves as a vital nursery for many Atlantic fish species. Research has shown that microplastic are ingested by organisms, and thus contaminate aquatic food chains and expose consumers through dietary sources. Her findings support the need for improved awareness, regulation, and waste management.
She has been recognized at various science research fairs, and has also had the opportunity to present her research at the Clearwater Festival last June, before the EPA, and has had her work recognized by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Alina plans to study Environmental Science and work towards a Master’s degree in Public Health. She has been working with the EPA’s Trash Free Water’s program which she plans to continue to do throughout college in their efforts to limit microplastic pollution.