|| September 23, 2009
|| Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager
Groundbreaking Public Television Documentary, "Liquid Assets:
The Story of Our Water Infrastructure" to Air on BKAT
(Port Orchard, WA) – BKAT, Kitsap
County’s community access channel, is airing the national documentary
"Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure" beginning September
"Liquid Assets" tells the story of essential infrastructure systems:
drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. These complex and aging
systems—some in the ground for more than 100 years—are critical for basic
sanitation, public safety, economic development, and a host of other
necessities of life. The documentary highlights communities from across the
United States, providing an understanding of hidden water infrastructure
assets, demonstrating watershed protection approaches, and illustrating
twenty-first century solutions.
"We see this documentary as a catalyst for community discussions about local
water infrastructure and other important civic issues," said Charlotte
Garrido, Chair of the County’s Board of Commissioners. “We hope you’ll watch
and then help develop solutions that protect our water resources,” she said.
"The goal of this public service media project is to stimulate community
discussion and bring this issue into the public consciousness using
television as a catalyst," said executive producer of the documentary, Tom
Keiter. "We want 'Liquid Assets' to be more than just a broadcast." To that
end Kitsap County has developed a web site designed to collect comments from
viewers. Go to kitsapgov.com and click on the Liquid Assets icon.
“We are facing some very difficult decisions on how to protect and maintain
infrastructure in Kitsap County,” said Garrido. “We’re interested in hearing
thoughts and ideas from local residents as we continue the long-range
planning to ensure viable water resources in the future,” she said.
The program is being broadcast according to this schedule:
Wednesday, September 30th 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 3rd 11:00 a.m.
Friday, October 9th 3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 12th 10:00 p.m.
About “Liquid Assets”
"Liquid Assets" is a production of Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSU.
Executive Producer: Tom Keiter. Project Director: Melanie Doebler. Producer:
Stephanie Ayanian. Writers/Directors: Stephanie Ayanian and Mark Cooper.
Project Manager: Elaine Brzycki. Director of Photography: Ryan Witt. Editor:
Greg Feinberg. Development Executives: Melanie Doebler and Elaine Brzycki.
Major funding for the "Liquid Assets" documentary was provided by the Colcom
Foundation, with additional funding from the Associated General Contractors
of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers and its Environmental &
Water Resources Institute, Insituform Technologies, and the National
Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Support for community outreach efforts was provided by National Association
of Water Companies, Water Environment Federation, Uni-Bell PVC Pipe
Association, 3 Rivers Wet Weather, American Public Works Association,
American Water Works Association, CH2M HILL, Ductile Iron Pipe Research
Association, Gannett Fleming, National Association of Sewer Service
Companies, National Utility Contractors Association, Northwest Pipe Company,
and Plastics Pipe Institute.
BKAT is Kitsap County's local cable access channel. BKAT reaches 50,000
cable subscribers in Kitsap County on channel 3 (Wave Cable) and channel 12
(Comcast). BKAT is a PEG channel; serving the Public, Education and
Government. BKAT broadcasts Kitsap County Commissioners meetings, City
council meetings for Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo, as well as local
school district and community college sporting events and news. BKAT offers
County residents the opportunity to take classes in field production, studio
production and editing where thy learn how to make television programming.
Once you learn to operate BKAT equipment you are able to volunteer with BKAT
and assist with productions in the studio and field. Call 360-308-0139 or
visit www.bkat.org for more information.
WPSU, Penn State Public Broadcasting is part of Penn State Outreach, the
largest unified outreach organization in the world. As a broadcaster
licensed to one of the largest land grant research universities in the
country, WPSU is committed to the concept of public service media:
developing non-commercial programming on important societal issues and
helping to foster community discussions in concurrence with the broadcast.
"Liquid Assets" originated from conversations between Penn State Public
Broadcasting and the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental
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