CHEHALIS: A WATERSHED MOMENT & THE RISING

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CHEHALIS: A WATERSHED MOMENT

Sponsored by: Oregon Wild

The future of Washington state's most diverse river hangs by a thread. Faced with worsening floods and their prized salmon population on the brink of extinction, a changing climate can no longer be ignored. In 2007, the Chehalis river valley experienced a catastrophic flooding event like never before, marking the 4th major flood in 30 years and the resurgence of long-standing interest in building a flood retention dam.
As salmon runs all along the west coast dwindle from their historic figures, this wild salmon stronghold faces rising water temperatures and a decade-long legacy of habitat degradation as the region pursues possible solutions with a combination of infrastructure and restorative design. The renewed dam efforts brings diverse stakeholders to the table, including the Confederated Tribes of Chehalis, Quinault Indian Nation and Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, all to undertake massive scientific investigation to unearth more about this little-known river basin and its fragile habitat. If no action is taken, spring Chinook population will stay on trajectory toward extinction in coming years. Climate change is on the doorstep of this rural American Watershed. Can diverse communities and cultures across the basin find common ground to solve the crises of increasing floods, droughts and the plight of an iconic species? Film produced by Pacific Rivers.
Directors: Shane Anderson, Jesse Andrew Clark
1 hr
Country of origin/production: US

Recorded Q & A follows the film.

THE RISING

Climate change is quickly altering the shape of the Northwest —its ecosystems, its coastlines, and the ways of life of the humans who live on it. This is perhaps felt most acutely by the Quinault Indian Nation on the Pacific Coast, where declining salmon stocks, sea level rise, and increased tsunami risk are forcing them to confront the reality of relocating two of their villages from the place they’ve inhabited since time immemorial. As the Quinault spread their message of climate resiliency, they also continue to paddle the canoes of their ancestors into the sea that both sustains and threatens them.
Director: Sarah Hoffman
25 mins
Country of origin/production: US

Recorded Q & A follows the film.

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