A couple of years ago, I was at a natural foods expo in Anaheim, California. After a presentation, all in attendance were mingling, swapping small talk. I was chatting with a co-op manager from Colorado, and almost inevitably, the topic of water flowed into the conversation. As a northern Californian, seeing the expansive lawns and golf courses, fountains and man-made ponds surrounding Disneyland’s hometown was as frustrating for me as it was for the manager that lived at the waterway’s source.
“Watershed” focuses on a new water ethic for the West, one in which everyone thinks of conservation, from the source of rivers down to the deltas. While the Colorado River and its diversions, dams, and inability to reach its delta was the star of the film, anyone in the western United States can take a lot from this tale.
There is no need to waste water. There are other options than using potable water to flush away human waste. There is no excuse for ignorance in regards to where your water comes from. Hint, it’s not from the tap.
While water may be for fighting, “Watershed” does an excellent job of focusing on the ways in which water usage can be improved. It leaves the viewer feeling inspired, and gives the audience access to tools to help with water issues.
“Watershed” asks, “What would it mean to create a new water ethic?” I think we should all be willing to find out.
“Watershed” screens in the BriarPatch Community Room on Friday, July 26, at 7:00 p.m. Come early, as seating is limited.