4 Video Series
River Issues Series
Item#: 855
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G 9-Adult





This four-part series outlines the critical importance of healthy watersheds and reveals the human and environmental toll of the introduction of pollutants and dams. Personal, practical and inspiring, this series provides a broad view of contemporary river issues in America.

Troubled Waters: The Dilemma of Dams, 53 min.
From the creators of the award-winning film Fire on the Mountain.
Depending on whom you ask, the United States has between 75,000 and 2,500,000 dams. Many have outlived their usefulness. This film takes a personal, passionate, and controversial look at dams, where commerce is served but nature destroyed. Blending still photos with archival and new footage, the film considers environmental, cultural, economic, and spiritual arguments for and against decommissioning dams, arguing that dams divorce a river from its eco-system, thereby destroying biodiversity and the river's habitat. Compelling and informative, the film's voices come from a cross-section of people intimately involved with dam and river issues, many of whom you will recognize.

Featuring legendary conservationist David Brower, Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit, and well-known Glen Canyon performer and activist Katie Lee, this film raises the question of how much economic value we should extract from our rivers before we've given up too much of the earth's wild beauty.

Featuring music by Don Henley.

Fresh Waters Flowing: Biological Monitoring Protocol, 37 min.
A region's rivers are really biological ribbons crisscrossing the land. When humans enter and alter a watershed, they alter these ribbons of life. Fresh Waters Flowing explores the connection between humans and rivers. It reveals the links between human influences and the ability of a river to support healthy living communities. Featuring James Karr of the University of Washington and Charley Dewberry of Pacific Rivers Council, Fresh Waters Flowing shows how important biological integrity is for rivers and demonstrates how measuring biological condition with the index of biological integrity (IBI) can be a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring the health of watersheds.

Biological Monitoring Protocol introduces the index of biological integrity (IBI), the best yardstick for measuring the health of rivers and streams. Measuring pollutants, such as temperature, phosphorus, or toxic chemicals, may tell you if a river is clean, but only a direct biological yardstick like IBI will tell you if a river is healthy. IBI has now been adopted to monitor rivers on all continents except Antarctica, by states including Ohio, Vermont, and Florida, and by regional and local organizations nationwide. This video shows you the equipment and techniques you need to use this biological yardstick.

This two-video series introduces important science concepts and is appropriate for courses in natural science, environmental science, biology, and water quality at the high school and university levels.

All Live Downstream, 30 min.
This revealing video is essential for anyone concerned with environmental justice. America's historic Mississippi River has become a 2,300-mile toxic waterway. Over half the industrial toxic waste discharged into American lakes and streams is dumped directly into the Mississippi. Cancer and mortality rates are among the highest in the nation along the chemical corridor stretching from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Entire towns have been shuttered as the direct result of unchecked air and ground water pollution. Study guide included.

When the Salmon Run Dry, 51 min.
This film examines the impact of human development - dams, logging, and fishing - on the salmon population of the Pacific Northwest. Competing interests discuss their perspectives: environmentalists, farmers, fishermen, utilities managers, and biologists. Features a Native American sacred salmon ceremony.