Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance Outreach Video
Lake Pepin is the widest naturally occurring part of the Mississippi River and receives nearly 1 million tons of sediment each year, primarily from the Minnesota River. Sedimentation rates are 10 times higher than they were 150 years ago, and by the end of the century the entire upper end of Lake Pepin will be filled if no restorative efforts occur. To develop broad public support required to pursue large-scale habitat and water quality restoration projects, a first step is to develop awareness around an issue largely removed from the public eye – the rapid changes resulting from sedimentation primarily occurring under the surface of the water.
- Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance (LPLA)
- University of Minnesota Communication Studies, School of Music, and Institute on the Environment via Dr. Mark Pedelty, Professor of Communication Studies, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, Institute on the Environment Fellow
- Atomic K Studios
- Queenan Productions
- Natalie Warren, singer/musician & St. Croix River Association River Corridor Steward
- Volunteer musicians and singers - The Ecosong collective is a group of professors, staff, and students employed by the University of Minnesota that provides (mostly for free) environmental organizations with high quality music videos that become part of social media campaigns.
The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance approached SE RSDP for support in creating an outreach video. SE RSDP pulled in Mark Pedelty, Professor of Communication Studies and an affiliate Professor of Anthropology, as well as a Fellow with the Institute on the Environment. His research, teaching, and outreach deal with music and sound as environmental communication. Dr. Pedelty shepherded many resources for this project that are valued well beyond SE RSDP's funding, including the talents of Atomic K Studios of Minneapolis who in turn were granted rights from Big John Games to use and manipulate animation created for Bass Pro's "The Strike" game. Dr. Pedelty also wrote and performed the theme song with other artists who donated their time and talents.
SE RSDP also funded a contract with Queenan Productions to help LPLA with outreach for and about the video, as well as to elevate awareness and action around protection and restoration of Lake Pepin in the surrounding communities. One highlight of Anne Queenan’s work was engaging local artists, who were invited to participate in a boat tour with area scientists and naturalists to learn more about the endangered flora, fauna and habitats of Lake Pepin.
The educational music video produced ("We Live in the Lake”) helps to make people aware of the destructive sedimentation of Lake Pepin and encourages membership in LPLA to support restoration projects.
In 2017, the video was selected for:
- Miami Fest/Best Shorts Worldwide Festival
- Cinema Verde Film Festival
- 2017 Benicia Film Festival in California
- Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
- semi-finalist for the Green Earth Festival
- won the Music Video Competition of the Seven Summits Awards at the Mountain Film Festival
- been accepted to the Great Lakes International Film Festival
- and the Yosemite Film Festival bestowed its highest level of recognition via a Top Award
Learn more about the story behind this project in a 2016 RSDP Happenings newsletter.
What can you do? As the song says, Join the LPLA Crew!
SE RSDP FY2016: $31,193.10
SE RSDP FY2017: $2,547
Pro-bono and in-kind creative and staffing services of:
- Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance
- U of M Communication Studies
- Atomic K Studios
- Big John Games animation engine of fish and underwater plants
- Volunteer singers and musicians
Project Start Date: 11-23-15
Project End Date: 6-30-17
Last updated 3-13-2017