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9 pm Monday, Aug. 5, on WILL-TV

 A single drop of water from the Midwest is connected to the Gulf's "dead zone."

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story

The Mississippi flows through the Heart of America. Its rich history and stunning landscapes are also home to some of the most productive farmland. This is the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi and the efforts being taken to reverse this damage.

The future health of America's agricultural lands and waters depend upon a combination of solutions. This film traces the development of America's bountiful harvest and its effect on the legendary river. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers are contaminating the nation's waters at the same time that precious soils wash away. Farmers, scientists and citizens are seeking solutions that help meet the goals of an ambitious, food-producing nation while ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of its most precious natural resources.