Tuesday October 16, 2012, 7pm Glenwood Springs Community Center Thursday October 18, 2012 7pm Third Street Center, Carbondale The film, WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West 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. Donations appreciated. More information at www.roaringfork.org or 927-1290. This event is sponsored by Roaring Fork Conservancy, Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and the Sonoran Institute. SYNOPSIS It is said, that nothing defines a region more than a body of water. This is particularly true in the American West. The Colorado River and the tributaries that make up her basin shaped the spirit of her settlers. El Rio Colorado, the river colored red, made this dry land not only livable but irresistible to settlement. Even still, her famed early explorer, John Wesley Powell, warned that combining arid land with civilization, would eventually lead to a crisis. As the Wild West was tamed, so were the waters of the Colorado River Basin. The relentless march toward progress led to the 1922 Colorado River Compact and other agreements between seven American and two Mexican states to divvy up the water. They transformed one of the world’s wildest rivers, capable of creating grand canyons and inland seas, into the most dammed, dibbed and diverted river basin in the world: a machine supporting the needs of 30 million people. Agriculture, industry, urban growth, mining and energy production, claw for their share. So much so, that the mighty Colorado River of today, rarely, if ever, reaches her delta in the Gulf of California. With populations in the region expected to reach 50 million by 2050, temperatures rising, and precipitation patterns becoming more erratic, demand will outpace supply unless we embrace a new water ethic. One that questions not only how we use water, but how it affects the world around us. Across the Colorado River basin, from a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park to a wetland restoration worker in the river’s Delta, a rancher in Colorado to a bike messenger in Los Angeles, a Mayor in mining country to a Navajo County Commissioner, there are those not only asking the questions, but acting on them daily. www.watershedmovie.com Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed conservation organizati
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