Watershed: Exploring a new water ethic for the new west

WATERSHED: EXPLORING A NEW WATER ETHIC FOR THE NEW WEST (USA, 2012, 50 min.)

World Premiere “Whiskey is for drinkin’. Water is for fightin’,” says Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, recalling a well-worn saying heard throughout the Colorado River basin. As the most dammed, dibbed and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people across the western United States and Mexico, the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact is reaching its limits. How can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? How do we balance the competing interests of cities, agriculture, recreation, wildlife and indigenous communities with rights to the water? In Watershed, Ehlert joins six others living and working in the Colorado River basin who reflect a compelling new water ethic as they share their stories and illuminate a path of coexistence with enough for all. This film was made in memory of Bradford Delano Smith (1958 – 2008), a deeply committed environmentalist who passionately embraced life. Narrated by Robert Redford. Directed by Mark Decena. Produced by James Redford, Jill Tidman, Renata Foucre and Kontent Films for the Redford Center. Executive Producers: Robert Redford, Teri Heyman and Lee Bycel. Content Advisor: Barry Nelson, NRDC.

Welcome by Marc Pachter, Interim Director, National Museum of American History. Opening Remarks by Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Film Introduction by Robert Redford.

Panel discussion moderated by Marc Pachter with filmmakers Mark Decena and James Redford, Sandra Postel, Freshwater Fellow at the National Geographic Society, Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, director of Pro Natura’s Colorado River Delta Program and Edith Santiago, Delta Restoration Project Manager, Sonoran Institute.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

THIS SCREENING IS FULLY BOOKED. FREE. Reservations required. There will be a stand-by line to fill in any unclaimed seats.

All reservations are only good until 2:40. After that, you no longer have a reservation and you must join the stand-by line. No exceptions. Please arrive early to make sure you get through security in time. You and any guest must be present to claim your spots. Please call the Museum at 202-633-4176 with any questions.

This is a change from the printed program.

National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater
14th St. & Constitution Ave., NW
(Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian, Mall exit)

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