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Watering the West: Film 3 – Across the Divide

July 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm


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July 7 at 7:00 PM – Watering the West: Across the Divide


Film 3 – Across the Divide

Climate change threatens western water supplies and the “snowpack reservoir”. Year-long fire seasons threaten watersheds. Growth on the Front Range of Colorado threatens tourism and ranching on the Western Slope as 150 year old tunnels funnel water across the continental divide. But can the divide between East and West, cities and agriculture, business and recreation be bridged? How will Coloradans face a scarce water future together? Join us for Film 3 in the Watering the West Trilogy to envision a hopeful future of innovation and collaboration in the Headwaters State.


TRILOGY DESCRIPTION – Watering the West: A Water Western Film Trilogy enlightens audiences about water issues in the American West: past, present, and future, including where the water comes from, where it goes and how it gets there, the unique nature of western water law and its origins, and how growing populations and a changing climate will impact a diverse group of water users that rely on the rivers that deliver the mountain snow melt that makes the American West habitable. Through personal stories from city planners, farmers and ranchers, recreators and ecologists, beer brewers and the oil and gas industry, we will explore trans mountain and local diversions; storage projects and farms; water court and water auctions, a Day in the Life of a Ditch Rider; backcountry Wild and Scene River explorations; and the listening sessions, council meetings and forums where opinions divide neighbors, towns, and industry leaders. Watering the West will also introduce us to the people and programs that aim for listening, connection, and cooperation, to those who seek to replace divisiveness with collaboration as the American West moves into a future of increasingly scarce water supplies. From past to present and with an animation of the 1874 dispute between Union Colony (now Greeley) and Fort Collins farmers that nearly turned violent to the 1986 re-enactment of a water broker purchasing a farm with water rights to secure water for the City of Thornton to an animation which teaches the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation, WATERING the WEST educates, entertains and presents a case for cooperation around one of the most pressing issues of our time.


Genre: Documentary


July 7, 2022
7:00 pm


Backdoor Theatre
Nederland Community Center
Nederland, CO 80466 United States
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