Documentary Available--The American Southwest: Are we running dry?

Nearly every state in the American Southwest is affected by growing water problems and is struggling with record dry conditions. On the heels of the American Southwest’s drought, and in an effort to raise awareness, The Chronicles Group with support from grants from the California Water Association, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and other public and private entities, released a documentary--The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?

Featuring narration from Emmy® Award-winning actress Jane Seymour, the film provides a definitive look at how the water crisis affects the American Southwest states and its escalating economic toll. From the White House to the House of Representatives, key thought leaders are interviewed for an intelligent and informed discussion about the evolving water situation. The documentary was filmed at diverse locations including the Navajo and Hopi reservations, on Capitol Hill and in Las Vegas for an absorbing and contemplative discussion about conservation, water reuse, desalination, unprecedented population growth and future water policies. Interviews with key members of Congress include Sens. Jon Kyl (AZ), Ken Salazar (CO), and Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman (NM), and U.S. Reps. Mary Bono (Palm Springs, CA) and Jim Costa (Fresno, CA). An interview with Dr. Gene Whitney, science advisor to President Bush, also is featured in this impartial and balanced documentary.

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he American Southwest:  Are We Running Dry? gives audiences an in-depth awareness and education of the water situation in the United States. Viewers learn about land use planning and the water needs of cities in the Southwest, and how climate change may impact water levels on vital sources such as Lake Powell, Hoover Dam’s Lake Mead, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River.

For more information and/or to obtain a copy, visit The Chronicles Group website at www.chroniclesgroup.org. In addition, the WIP has copies of both the 70 and 20 minute versions available for loan—feel free to contact the office if interested.