Home

“To get people to care about water, you have to get people to think about water.” –Harold Evans, Chairman, Greeley Water & Sewer Board

Currently in production, this feature film covers critical issues facing the historic river that settled Northern Colorado and influenced the American West where water is called liquid gold.

“To get people to care about water, you have to get people to think about water.” –Harold Evans, Chairman, Greeley Water & Sewer Board

Currently in production, this feature film covers critical issues facing the historic river that settled Northern Colorado and influenced the American West where water is called liquid gold.

About the Film

 

Watering the West: A Water Western STARRING the Cache la Poudre RiverĀ 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 a song 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.