MEDIA RELEASE: FREE Film Screening of What Lies Below

March 15, 2017DRCC Logo for Graphix Plus

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release


FREE Film Screening of What Lies Below
Including a meet and greet with the film writer!

Tecumseh, ON – The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup is pleased to bring What Lies Below to Lakeshore Cinemas in celebration of World Water Day.  This documentary examines the future of Canada’s wild fish stocks and the habitats they occupy that are at risk from overharvesting, habitat loss and destruction. What Lies Below explores what local people are doing to ensure the future sustainability of Canada’s water and traditional fisheries.

When the Windsor-Detroit area underwent rapid industrialization at the turn of the 20th century, the Detroit River became notoriously polluted. Years of extensive industrial, urban, and agricultural development along the Detroit River resulted in the historical release of harmful legacy pollutants from industry, bacteria from wastewater treatment plants, and nutrients from agricultural runoff. These environmental issues have caused the impairment of several beneficial uses.  “Ensuring the Detroit River supports healthy fish populations is a key component the remedial action plan,” says Claire Sanders, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator for the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup. “Many significant restoration actions have already taken place in the Detroit River to improve water quality and fish habitat. We are starting to see Lake Sturgeon and Whitefish return and tens of thousands of people enjoy the recreational fishing opportunities here each year so we know our work is successful.”

Following the film, audience members will have the opportunity to speak with a panel of experts, including Lawrence Gunther, the film writer. Lawrence, a professional angler who is also blind, is the host of both Feel the Bite TV and the Blue Fish Radio show. Lawrence Gunther draws on his perspective to explore and share what others are not able to see taking place beneath the waves. Lawrence will be available for media interviews during the afternoon (upon request) or at Lakeshore Cinemas from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup is a community-based partnership between the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, industry, academics, non-government organizations, and concerned citizens. Our main goal is to cleanup, enhance, and sustain the Detroit River ecosystem.

When:                              Wednesday March 22nd 2017

Location:                        Lakeshore Cinemas, 164 Commercial Blvd., Tecumseh, Ontario

Time:                                 Doors open at 6:30pm and film starts at 7:00pm

Cost:                                FREE! Everyone is welcome to attend; registration is required.

To register, visit

DRCC Presents What Lies Below


Media Contact:                 

Claire Sanders, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

519-776-5209 x356         


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