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Jun 29 2012

Watershed: Solutions for the Future of the American West

“As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people and the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact reaches its limits,WATERSHED introduces hope.

Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water?

Sweeping through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. And with 70% of the rivers’ water supporting agriculture, the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. Unless action is taken, the river will continue its retreat – a potentially catastrophic scenario for the millions who depend on it.”

Trailer

 

Almost all of the screenings for this movie are past, so I am not sure how to view it.  Hopefully there will be a way to watch it online at some point.  Here is a little more extended intro if your interested.

 

For more on John Wesley Powell’s views on how the west should have been developed see the following links;

The Vision of John Wesley Powell (NPR)

John Wesley Powell and the New West

John Wesley Powell on the Role of Government in Land Management

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