WATERSHED: EXPLORING A NEW WATER ETHIC FOR THE NEW WEST
(c) John Behrens
Directed by: Mark Decena
Venue: Center for American Progress
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WATERSHED: EXPLORING A NEW WATER ETHIC FOR THE NEW WEST (USA, 2012, 50 min)
Shown as part of the Rivers Program
Introduced by Christy Goldfuss, Director, Public Lands Project, Center for American Progress.
“Whiskey is for drinkin’, Water is for fightin’,” says Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, recalling a well-worn saying heard throughout the Colorado River basin. As the most dammed, dibbed and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people across the western United States and Mexico, the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact is reaching its limits posing two questions: How can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? How do we balance the competing interests of cities, agriculture, recreation, wildlife and indigenous communities with rights to the water? In Watershed, Ehlert joins six others living and working in the Colorado River basin who reflect a compelling new water ethic as they share their stories and illuminate a path of coexistence with enough for all. Narrated by Robert Redford. Directed by Mark Decena. Produced by James Redford, Jill Tidman and Kontent Films for the Redford Center. Executive Producers: Robert Redford, Teri Heyman and Lee Bycel.
Screening followed by Panel Discussion, moderated by Christy Goldfuss. Panelists: Sandra L. Postel, Freshwater Fellow, National Geographic Society and Director, Global Water Policy Project; Gary Wockner, Save the Colorado River and Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior. Shown with GRAND THREAT.
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