[Libs-Or] A Free DVD on the Klamath Basin Water Crisis "Vision of the River: Working Together on the Klamath"

Kelly Peterson Kelly.Peterson at oit.edu
Mon Jun 21 16:12:37 PDT 2010

On behalf of Karen Kunz, Oregon Institute of Technology

Educational Solutions, a Klamath Falls OR nonprofit, has made a documentary to provide balanced information to high school students and their communities on the problems of the Klamath Watershed.  The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and the California Walter S. Johnson Foundation funded the ES project, "Sharing the Klamath Watershed:  Bringing Together the Next Generation of Stakeholders", which involved students from nine high schools. This DVD is the culmination of that undertaking.  The video features stakeholder leaders and scientists on critical issues relevant to all watersheds.  Video clips of student projects are used to help illustrate major points.

Educational Solutions is giving this 58 minute DVD to Oregon libraries at no cost.  Upon your request, the Oregon Institute of Technology Library will send you a copy via the courier system.

The Klamath River Basin of Oregon and California has become famous for its water conflict.  Farmers and ranchers compete with Native Americans, commercial salmon fishermen, and conservationists over scarce water:  "farms vs. fish."  However, years of stakeholder negotiations led to the signing of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) on February 18, 2010. The documentary tells the story:  the early watershed, human impacts, the three disasters, conflict to dialogue, possible solutions to watershed problems, the KBRA signing and future challenges.

Vision of the River provides "an excellent overview of the scientific, environmental and social issues that must be addressed to solve Klamath River problems" (Ron Larson, USFWS fisheries biologist).

Representative reviews from individuals who viewed "Vision of the River" at its Earth Day debut at the Oregon Institute of Technology:

"Highly informative" K.D., Klamath Falls librarian

"Good tool to show kids and adults the complexity of Klamath Basin issues" D.C.

"Excellent film, well balanced with acknowledgement of the variety of folk who made the agreement possible"  V.B.

"Very balanced and comprehensive, a great job!" M.M.

"Very well organized and clear" T.B., Lost River high school teacher

To request this video, please send an email to karen.kunz at oit.edu<mailto:karen.kunz at oit.edu> with "Vision of the River" in the subject line.

Kelly V. Peterson, MLS
Librarian/Associate Professor
Oregon Institute Of Technology
3201 Campus Dr.
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
kelly.peterson at oit.edu<mailto:kelly.peterson at oit.edu>

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