Russian River documentary – November 12 and 19

On Thursday, November 12, and Thursday, November 19, at 8 p.m., KRCB (channel 22 on Comcast) will be showing a two-part documentary that explores the diverse forces which have come to shape one of California’s iconic rivers—The Russian River—forces which also impact rivers and watersheds throughout the world. The documentary examines how the Russian River has been used, and what the consequences of that use have been. By looking at the effects of mining, logging, fishing, agriculture, diversion and development, the film conveys a historical perspective of the river’s condition. Scientists, educators, policy makers, activists and citizens offer their perspectives on how this resource has been used and managed.

Beyond examining its exploitation as a resource, the film revels in the watershed’s profound, often forgotten, beauty. What can we learn from it? Why are we drawn to it?

As we consider the policies and actions which have shaped the watershed, the film looks to the future by offering solutions and implores viewers to offer their own. What do we need to change in ourselves to again live in balance with this life-sustaining resource?

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