Groundwater Problems: The Aquifer Connection - Featuring Robocow

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[This is an entirely animated video.]

[Fade up from black.]

[Electronic music begins to building the background.]

[The video opens with a scene of a field with a rising sun in the background.]

Male narrator: It was an average year, by all accounts.

[An image of a small stream appears in the upper left corner of the screen, over the scene of the field.]

The rainfall was adequate and the wildlife was doing well.

[The image of the small stream disappears. An image of the door to a polling station appears in the upper right corner of the screen. A sign on the door indicates that there are no elections today.]

There were no disasters or elections.

[Over the image of the polling station door, a graph appears indicating the stability of the financial market.]

The economy was doing fine.

[The image of the polling station door and the graph disappear. An image of a television appears in the lower right corner of the screen. A news program is being broadcast.]

And day-to-day life was even to the point where the media had little to report.

[The image of the television disappears. A busy urban street scene appears in the lower left corner of the screen.]

The people in the city did their normal bustling to and fro…

[The busy street scene disappears. An image of a farm appears in the upper left corner of the screen.]

…and for the farmers it was business as usual. Growing their crops…

[An image of a cattle pen, including cattle, appears in the middle right of the screen, overlapping the image of the farm.]

…managing their livestock…

[An image of a stream with a neighbouring field appears in the lower left of the screen, overlapping both the image of the farm and the image of the cattle pen.]

…caring for their resources.

[The image of the farm, the cattle pen, and the field and stream disappear. We return to the simple image of the field with the rising sun. A small black dot appears on the horizon. It gets closer and closer until we can see the silhouette of a robotic cow. Text appears on screen.]

It was on one of these ordinary days that something appeared on the horizon, rapidly approaching. It had appeared before, at about the time when water quality in the area was beginning to suffer. Once again, things were not as they seemed.

Text on screen: ROBOCOW

[RoboCow flies directly through the screen at us.]

[The electronic music climaxes then stops.]

[Whoosh!]

[The shot changes to show a Canada goose flying through the sky. Something quickly flies by the goose, causing it to do summersaults in the air.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying through the sky. Suddenly, she stops in the middle of the screen and begins to descend.]

[The shot changes to a scene of a field with a rising sun in the background. RoboCow enters the frame from the top and slowly comes to rest on the ground. A pipe emerges from RoboCow's head and drills into the ground. As it does this, the camera zooms out to show a cross section of the ground. The pipe stops once it hits the aquifer. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Remote imaging on: Starting aquifer test probe

[The image suddenly takes on an x-ray effect, moving from top to bottom. Green text indicates the location of the aquifer.]

Text on screen: Aquifer

[The green text disappears. Suddenly the aquifer turns red and starts to flash. Red text appears where we saw the green text.]

[Beep! Beep! Beep!]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Excess chemicals, fertilizers and bacteria

[The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Suspect: Agricultural practices

[The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: <Negative>: Farmers using best management practices

[The image of the stream and field from earlier reappears on screen. It is shaded in light green to indicate that it is a best management practice. Text appears on this image.]

Text on screen: Erosion prevention

[The image of cattle pen from earlier reappears on screen. It is shaded in light green to indicate that it is a best management practice. Text appears on this image.]

Text on screen: Surface water protection

[The image of farm from earlier reappears on screen. It is shaded in light green to indicate that it is a best management practice. Text appears on this image.]

Text on screen: Chemical storage

[All three images disappear. The red text also disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Suspect: Improperly abandoned wells

[The pipe emerging from RoboCow's head suddenly retracts. RoboCow's jetpack ignites and she flies off screen.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to what RoboCow sees as she flies over the landscape. We can see a farming operation and wells in the distance.]

[The shot suddenly changes to an x-ray. The wells start flashing red as RoboCow flies over them. Green text appears on screen.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

Text on screen: Well detection activated

[The shot changes to show an isolated well and a cross section of the ground beneath it. There is an overturned tractor on the surface and contour lines to show us that the ground slopes downwards towards the wellhead. Under the ground we can see the aquifer.]

[The well begins to flash red, all the way down to the aquifer. Red text appears on screen.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

Text on screen: Problem confirmed: Improperly abandoned wells

[The well remains red. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Refuse, animal waste and chemicals

[The shot changes to a close-up of the bottom of the well. We can see a pile of unwanted items that has accumulated at the bottom of the well. These items are red, while the surrounding well and ground are green. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Well contamination spreading through aquifer

[The camera zooms out to show the entire well system. The bottom of the well, where we saw the debris, is red. Suddenly the aquifer also turns red. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Taking immediate action

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying in the sky. Her hooves start emitting pulses that suck the debris out of the bottom of the well. Her visor then starts emitting a laser.]

[The shot changes back to the x-ray of the cross section of the well area. New red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Begin well sealing procedure

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes back to RoboCow in the sky. Her stomach opens and two pipes descend. A liquid begins shooting from these pipes.]

[The shot changes back to the x-ray of the cross section of the well area. The well is now sealed. New green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Wells disinfected with bleach and sealed with sand, gravel and bentonite

[The shot changes to a view of a Canada goose flying through the air. Suddenly his eyes become wide and he starts quickly flying in the opposite direction. Something quickly flies by the goose, causing it to do summersaults in the air.]

[Sound of the goose flapping his wings.]

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes again to an aerial view of some farmland. The entire shot is in x-ray view. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Active wells improperly designed

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[Red dots begin to flash on screen indicating the location of the improperly designed wells. The camera zooms into one of them.]

[The shot changes to show a wellhead in the ground. There is an elevated tank nearby. We can also see contour lines indicating that the ground slopes towards the wellhead. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Petroleum contamination detected

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[A red plume appears beneath the petroleum tank. The plume drips towards the wellhead then drips down into the well itself.]

[The shot changes back to the aerial x-ray view. The red dots are still on screen. The camera zooms into a different red dot.]

[The shot changes to show a cattle pen with a well bringing water into a trough. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Animal pollutants detected

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[A red plume appears under the animals and drips towards the wellhead and then down the well itself.]

[The shot changes back to the aerial x-ray view. The red dots are still on screen. The camera zooms into a different red dot.]

[The shot changes to show a tanker truck pumping water from a well. The contour lines indicate that the ground slopes downwards towards the wellhead. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Pesticide back-flow detected

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The hose leading from the tanker begins to turn red, starting at the truck and moving towards the well. Once it reaches the well, the well turns red and the plume drips into the well itself. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Taking immediate action

[The shot changes back to the aerial x-ray view. The red dots are still on screen. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Entering time warp

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The sound of electricity buzzing.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying through the air. She slowly becomes transparent as she flies. Suddenly she reappears and flies off screen.]

Male character: Great Scott!

[The shot changes back to the view of the farm with the petroleum tank. The scene has changed. The petroleum tank is now further away from the wellhead, and the contour lines now indicate that the ground slopes away from the well. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Well separated from fuel handling area

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The petroleum tank and wellhead start flashing to show the new distance.]

[The shot changes to the view of the cattle pen. The scene has changed. The wellhead is now further away from the animals. The animals start flashing to indicate the new distance. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Livestock separated from wellhead

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The contour lines now indicate that the ground slopes away from the wellhead. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Ground raised at wellhead to deter run-off

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[A red plume appears around the animals. It begins to seep towards the well. Because of the new grade of the land, the red plume flows around the well instead of into it.]

[The shot changes to the view of the tanker truck pumping water from the well. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: One-way valve installed on sprayer

[The sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The one-way valve on the sprayer on the truck begins to flash to indicate its presence. The red plume begins flowing down the hose once again, but this time it is stopped at the new valve and does not reach the well.]

[The shot changes to show a simple field. RoboCow slowly descends from the sky until she is standing on the ground.]

[The sound of a jet landing.]

[The shot changes to show a cross section of the ground that RoboCow is standing on. The shot is in x-ray. A pipe extends from her head and descends into the ground until it reaches the aquifer. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Well problems fixed

[Suddenly the aquifer starts flashing red. Red text appears on screen in place of the green text.]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Aquifer contamination still unresolved

[The camera zooms out to show that the aquifer runs underneath a large city. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Detecting contamination from the north

[Suspenseful organ music.]

[The shot changes to show a body of water approaching the city. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Continuing investigation

[Sound of a jet taking off.]

[Splash!]

[The sound of bubbles.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying up into the air then suddenly diving down into the waterbody. She travels underwater all the way until she reaches the city. She emerges from the water in front of a culvert dumping water into the water body. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Safety scan

[The shot changes to x-ray from top to bottom. Suddenly the water coming from the culvert and the waterbody start flashing red. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Contaminated water coming from aquifer and storm runoff system

[The camera zooms out to show the aquifer under the city and how it connects to the waterbody. There is a red plume sitting under the buildings in the city. The plume reaches down and touches the aquifer turning it red. The red plume then travels out to the river turning it red as well.]

[The shot changes back to the view of the culvert and the waterbody. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Continuing investigation

[The sound of a jet taking off.]

[The camera suddenly zooms in quite closely to the culvert opening, giving us the impression that RoboCow has gone inside the culvert.]

[The sound of banging pipes.]

Unidentified male character: Whoa! What was that? Cowabunga! She burned my pizza dude!

[The sound of screeching brakes.]

[The shot changes to show a storm drain on a residential road. Water and debris are flowing into the storm drain. Suddenly we see the glow of RoboCow's visor appear inside the storm drain.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow's point of view from inside the storm drain. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Safety scan

[The shot changes to x-ray. We can still see water and debris flowing into the storm drain. The green text disappears and is replaced by red text.]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Contaminated street runoff

[The water and debris flowing into the storm drain begin to flash red.]

[Now we can see a person carrying a paint can walking towards to the storm drain. New red text appears.]

Male character: Well, this paint thinner has pretty much had it. Down the drain with you my smelly friend.

Text on screen: Taking immediate action

[The shot changes to show RoboCow inside the storm drain. A panel on her suit opens to show a box with two fish inside.]

[The shot changes to show the storm drain from the street. The two fish stick their heads out of the grates of the storm drain. The person carrying the paint can approaches the storm drain and squats down to talk to the fish. The fish look back at him with big, concerned eyes. The fish then look at the paint can he has in his hands.]

Hey, fishes! Aww, they're so cute! These storm drains must go right to the river. Hey little guys, what are you doing in there? Oh this? Well I wasn't going to…I mean…I was going to take this somewhere else. Yeah. Maybe I should call those people from the city office. I bet they would know what to do with these chemicals.

[The shot changes to show the person walking away from the storm drain. He does not pour the paint into the drain. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Pollution prevented

[As the person is walking back to his house, a red circle appears around his car. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Automobile fluids detected

[The shot changes to show the person standing on a ladder painting his house. Beside him sits his car. Red water drops start coming out of the car and begin forming a red pool underneath it. The red pool then starts to flow away from the car towards the street and the storm drain. Red text appears on screen.]

[The sound of gurgling water.]

Text on screen: Taking immediate action

[The shot changes back to RoboCow's point of view from inside the storm drain. New red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Starting up hologram

[Sound of an electronic device starting up.]

[The shot changes to show the storm drain from the street. RoboCow projects a hologram of a fire hydrant onto the street. The hologram them moves off screen to the left.]

[The shot changes back to the person on the ladder painting their house. The hologram slowly approaches the person's car. A small red hose extends from the hologram and starts tinkering with the mechanics underneath the car.]

[Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!]

[The shot changes back to RoboCow's view from inside the storm drain. The shot is in x-ray once again. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Oil and anti-freeze leaks fixed

[The shot changes back to the person painting their house. The hologram cleans up the contaminants that have accumulated underneath the car then moves off screen. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: All contaminants removed

[The shot changes back to RoboCow's view from inside the storm drain. Another person appears on screen, walking a dog. The dog is red and it walking towards the hologram. Red text appears on screen.]

[Woof!]

Text on screen: Danger detected!

[The shot changes to a view of the storm drain from the street. We can see RoboCow inside the drain. We can see a yellow glow from off-screen.]

[Sound of a small explosion.]

[The shot changes back to show the person walking their dog. They are now walking in the opposite direction and the hologram has disappeared. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Hologram destroyed

[The red text disappears. A red cross appears over one of the houses. Green text appears on screen.]

Unidentified male character: Holy cow, honey. I think we should start watching the PH levels in Barney's food.

Text on screen: Amplifying sound patterns

[The red cross moves to another house.]

Unidentified female character: Come on girl, let's go doodle.

[The shot changes to show the entire residential street. As it moves from house to house we can hear what the residents are saying. Red text appears on screen.]

Second unidentified male character: Not on the floor! Bad dog! Just throw it in the backyard until I clean it up this fall, Mary.

Third unidentified male character: That's a good boy. Go over by the tree there.

Text on screen: Large scale problem detected: Bacteria from pet waste in runoff seeping into aquifer

[Red plumes appear under each house. The entire street area turns red to show that pet waste seeps onto the streets, into the drains, and into the aquifer. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

[Sound of a jet starting up.]

[Three, two, one, liftoff!]

Text on screen: Initiating clean-up procedure

[The shot changes to show the storm drain from the street. Suddenly, RoboCow explodes from the drain and shoots into the sky. Once high enough, she turns into a giant suction device and begins to remove all the pet waste from the yards of the houses in the neighbourhood. We can see a black plastic bag secured to her bag and it gets fuller and fuller as she cleans the neighbourhood. Green text appears on screen.]

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

Text on screen: Pet waste collected and sealed in plastic bag

[The shot changes to show a landfill in the distance. The landfill begins to flash red to bring attention to it. Green text appears on screen.]

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

Text on screen: Landfill detected

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying through the air carrying a very full, very heavy plastic bag. She drops it into the landfill and flies away.]

[The shot changes to an aerial view of the neighbourhood that we were in before. The shot turns to x-ray, from top to bottom. Red text appears on screen.]

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

Text on screen: Problem detected: Contamination from yard run-off

[Several of the yards on the street turn red. The plumes flow into the streets to show how yard run-off runs into the drains and into the aquifer. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Improper lawn fertilizer and pesticide application detected

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[A small animation appears on screen to show us what is happening at one of the homes. It disappears and is replaced by another animation showing what is happening at another home. It disappears and is replaced by a third animation.]

[The shot changes to show the aquifer running underneath the city. Red text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Leaching to aquifer and run-off to storm drains detected

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The aquifer under the city turns red. The red text disappears and is replaced by new red text.]

Text on screen: Initiating education procedure

[Sound of a jet flying through the sky.]

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying through the air. The flames coming from her jetpack suddenly turn to smoke. She starts writing messages in the sky above the neighbourhood.]

Unidentified male character: Good thing I have so much fertilizer. I am going to have the greenest lawn in town. Sure is a nice day. What the!

Text on screen: Attention humans!

[A person carrying for their lawn looks up.]

Me?

Text on screen: Follow the directions on the container!

Okay!

Text on screen: And stop watering so much!

[The shot changes rapidly between several different people on the block. The message in the sky is constant between all of the shots.]

Second unidentified male character: Okay!

Unidentified female character: Sure.

Unidentified child: Mom, are you following the directions on the bag?

[One of the residents looks up to the sky and starts talking.]

Unidentified male character: If you'd send some more rain I wouldn't have to water so much!

[The shot changes to show a simple field. RoboCow slowly descends until she is standing on the ground.]

[The sound of a jet landing.]

[The shot changes to show a cross section of the ground she is standing on. Once again, a pipe emerges from her head and goes down into the aquifer. Green text appears on screen.]

Text on screen: Final scan

[The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: Aquifer restored to safety

[The pipe retracts back into RoboCow's head. The green text disappears and is replaced by new green text.]

Text on screen: Mission accomplished

[Sound of a jet taking off suddenly.]

Male narrator: With their water resources restored, both city and country folk breathed a deep sigh of relief. The strange phenomena meant that RoboCow had been amongst them again. The inhabitants of the area now realized what an important part each one of them played in keeping their water safe. They pledged to use their new knowledge to the best of their abilities.

[The shot changes to show RoboCow flying away into the sunset. An image appears in the upper left of the screen showing how all the abandoned wells have been sealed.]

[Electronic music begins to building the background.]

Country people sealed their abandoned wells properly…

Text on screen: Abandoned wells sealed

[The image is replaced by an image of a cattle pen showing how active well have been protected.]

…and positioned and protected their active wells correctly.

Text on screen: Active wells protected

[The image disappears. A new image appears in the upper right of the frame showing how the community now supports the safe disposal of hazardous waste products.]

City people kept their oil and hazardous waste away from the sewers…

Text on screen: Hazardous waste disposal day

[The image is replaced by an image showing how lawn chemicals are now being applied correctly.]

…and carefully followed the instructions for lawn and garden chemicals.

Text on screen: Lawn chemicals applied correctly

[The image disappears. A new image appears in the lower right of the frame showing how pet waste is now bagged for disposal at a landfill.]

And to top it all off, pet owners began to collect the pet waste in sealed plastic bags, ready for landfill disposal.

Text on screen: Pet waste bagged for landfill

[The image disappears. A new image appears in the lower left of the frame showing people noticing contaminants dripping from their car. The image disappears. A new image appears in the upper left of the frame. It shows people playing volleyball on the beach and enjoying their environment. The image disappears.]

Everyone was determined to teach their children these best management practices so that if RoboCow ever returned, she would find them in good health and managing their water wisely.

[The sun slowly sets on the scene of the field. Text appears on screen.]

But until that day came, her memory was destined to slowly fade and become just another heroic bovine legend.

[The electronic music climaxes then stops.]

Text on screen: The End?

[Fade to black.]

[Canada wordmark with animated Canadian flag fades up.]

Text on screen: Canada.

Text on screen: © Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, represented by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2007.

[Fade to black]

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