Rivers Lost, Found, and Turned-Around
Courtesy of The Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Directed by: Jeremy Monroe
Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
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Rivers Lost, Found and Turned-Around
Films by Jeremy Monroe and shown as part of the Rivers Program
Introduced by Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers.
THE HIDDEN RIVERS OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIA (USA, 2013, 6 min.) World Premiere Biodiversity. It’s in the rivers of the Amazon, the jungles of Borneo, the coral reefs of Belize… oh, and the creeks of Tennessee. That’s right, southern Appalachia is a little-known hotspot for aquatic life and is home to some wildly diverse fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish and other critters. Hidden Rivers takes an immersive look at the little-known creatures of these waters, their striking beauty and extreme vulnerability. The film focuses on how some Southerners are finding new ways to explore and celebrate this precious life, and reminding us all that biodiversity is everywhere and rivers are always deeper than you think! Directed and produced by Jeremy Monroe.
THE LOST FISH: FIGHTING TO SAVE PACIFIC LAMPREY IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER (USA, 2013, 12 min.) World Premiere An ancient fish native to the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific lamprey has been an important subsistence fishery for Northwest American Indian tribes for thousands of years. In the heavily dammed Columbia River Basin, billions have been spent on salmon life support systems. Meanwhile, the lesser-known lamprey has slipped through the cracks of conservation and is now lost from most its historic range in the Columbia. Desperately, members of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama and Warm Springs Tribes have taken the management of Pacific lamprey into their own hands and are now fighting to bring political attention and social will to the struggle of a lost fish. Directed and produced by Jeremy Monroe.
WILLAMETTE FUTURES (OR HOW TO RESTORE A BIG RIVER) (USA, 2013, 35 min.) Special Sneak Preview Communities across the United States are rediscovering the importance of clean healthy river systems, but after a century of neglect and disconnection, many of our rivers are far from clean and healthy. Oregon is a state rich in water and a unique cultural consciousness for its value… and if restoring rivers is truly part of our civic duty and societal health, Oregon just might be the future. Willamette Futures is the story of an unprecedented effort to restore the rivers and watersheds of Oregon’s largest river system, which runs through its major cities and most vital farmlands. Like most big rivers, the Willamette has big problems that are far from solved, but it just might have the most creative and ambitious watershed restoration effort the world has ever seen. Directed and produced by Jeremy Monroe.
Panel Discussion, moderated by Sunshine Menezes, Executive Director, Metcalf Institute, including filmmaker Jeremy Monroe, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, and Jan Goldman-Carter, Senior Manager, Wetlands and Water Resources, National Wildlife Federation.
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