Celebrating watershed restoration through film

By Mauria Pappagallo PE,  Water Resources Engineerand  Nicole Czarnomski, Fluvial Geomorphologist at ESA Vigil-Agrimis

Two people stand knee deep in an icy Cascade stream, chest waders on, with hard hats strapped on tight keeping wind of helicopter blades from blowing them into the water. They clutch maps and radios to help direct the wood flying in from above. Sometimes, this is what river restoration looks like.

See the many faces of watershed restoration across the Pacific Northwest – from helicopters and bulldozers to kids with shovels and trees – in an evening of films brought together by River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) Wednesday, May 7 at Hollywood Theater. Stories of Our Watersheds will present 15 short films that share experiences and foster dialogue about multidisciplinary approaches to stream restoration and watershed and river science.

The films showcase dam removal, salmon habitat restoration efforts, collaborative partnerships between farmers and conservationists, and returning water to streams and rivers as large as the Colorado River.  A panel representing a variety of conservation organizations, tribes, watershed councils, agencies and filmmakers reviewed more than 40 films to select the 15 that will be shown in the series. Many of the film makers and project managers will also be on hand the night of the showing for a Q&A with the audience.

What: Stories of Our Watersheds Film Event
When: May 7th, doors open at 7pm and films will be shown from 7:30 to 9:30pm
Where: Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR
Cost:  $8 advance tickets ($1 charge per ticket will apply to online purchases)
At the door: $9; $7 students, under 12 or over 65

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RRNW seeks to advance the science and standards of practice of river restoration through educational programs that emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to promote responsible restoration practices, discuss and exchange ideas, assess projects, reflect on lessons learned, and provide technology transfer.