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Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Mark Decena

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About the Movie

Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River through heartening character vignettes that reveal a new water ethic as well as 21st Century solutions. Sweeping through seven US and two Mexican states and over 20 major dams, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. As of today, the Colorado 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 rely on its availability. "The Colorado is one of the most iconic natural landmarks of the American West and it's facing unprecedented demands on its water, a resource historically taken for granted by those of us who have enough," says Robert Redford. "Films like WATERSHED are a necessary part of the solution. Raising awareness of the problem is a first step. Engaging the masses in taking action comes next, and in this case action means conservation."


Customer Reviews

Everyone living in the western US needs to watch this!

Beautifully shot and wonderfully narrated by Robert Redford! Very informative but not preachy and great use of real people dependent on the river. Like it or not water issues and shortages are a future all of us have to deal with, and this movie does a great job of not only explaining the problem but also presenting some hopeful solutions. Especially relevant to anyone dependent on the Colorado River, but the ideas presented hold true for managing the resources of the whole planet.


When I watch a documentary, I need it to do two things: 1) teach me something I did not know, 2) leave me with some hope. Watershed does both, and does it in a beautifully cinematic way. I had little knowledge of just how much half the North American continent relies on this one river for drinking water, water for agriculture, water for industry, water for energy, and water just for sheer human joy. I also had no idea a huge part of the river was dry, and had been dry, for such a long time. And yet, I was not depressed to find this out: the beauty of the river and its landscapes, and the efforts people are making to change things left me a hopeful feeling. Totally worth watching.

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