Free Film Showing April 19 for Earth Week: ‘Watershed’

By Denise Rue-Pastin

On April 11, American Rivers released their list of “America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2017.”

They awarded first place, for “most endangered,” to the Lower Colorado River.

As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people, and as the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Compact reaches its limits, the film Watershed introduces hope.

Executive Produced and 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 and offers solutions for the future of the American West.

Here is a two-minute trailer:


In Watershed, we meet Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park; Colorado rancher Dan James; Delta restoration worker Edith Santiago; Navajo Council member Glojean Todacheene; Rifle, Colorado Mayor Keith Lambert; Los Angeles native Jimmy Lizama and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River as they all reflect a compelling new water ethic — one that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.

‘Watershed’ narrator Robert Redford. Photo by Kristina Loggia.

This free film showing, sponsored by the San Juan Water Conservancy District and the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS), will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at the historic Liberty Theater starting at 5:30pm.

The film is part of the Earth Day celebration week of events in Pagosa Springs, which is being coordinated by SOS. Visit for more information and a full listing of activities. I

If you or your organization would like to participate or sponsor and event please contact the Earth Week activities coordinator, Doug Vanderlouw, at (507)317-4195 or


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