Splashing in the waves. Sailing into the wind. Casting for walleye. Summertime on the Great Lakes means relaxing pastimes. For most of us, that is.
Three friends are spending their season on the water, engaged in an activity that’s anything but calming or pleasurable.
Meet Davis Huber, William Wright and Chris Yahanda.
Right now, they are traveling from Mackinac Island to Lansing – by paddleboard. Though it'll prompt plenty of blisters, sunburns, bug bites and muscle cramps, the trio are hardly gluttons for punishment. They’re concerned enough about human actions' impact on our inland seas to take this painful pursuit for their film, Troubled Water, to “document Michigan’s fight to protect North America’s fresh water.” Davis is the director. William and Chris are the producers/paddlers.
Troubled Water uses the 425-mile journey as its narrative backbone. Its Lake Huron-Lake Michigan-Grand River route was plotted to show the region’s beauty. Many threats lurking below the waters’ surface will be explored, from pipelines to nutrient pollution. They'll be done in interviews with a broad range of government officials, business owners, and activists.
The journey starts on June 9 and it is expected to end in early August in Lansing, the political epicenter with the power to protect our public waters. An August 22 rally is planned to salute the filmmakers, which—hopefully—will help salve some of the aches they’ve endured.
MEC is the fiscal sponsor for this film.
We plan to catch up with these guys on Day 8 of their journey in the next edition of Capitol Connection. Please tune in to learn about the inspiring production, how it’s going, what its team's aims are, when we can see the film in theaters and more.
Generously sponsored by:
Steve and Judy Dobson