Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford and Directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water? As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation, struggling to support thirty million people. WATERSHED introduces a hope that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.
“If we see the Colorado River as just a river, we are overlooking a natural engine that powers both our economy and our environment. We created WATERSHED to raise awareness to the idea that this river is the canary in the coalmine. If business, government and citizens come together and make some changes, the mighty Colorado can continue to serve us.”
“WATERSHED offers a great opportunity for people throughout the Southwest U.S. to learn more and get involved. Each of us can make a difference to create a more sustainable future for the river and for our region – we can achieve Watershed success for the Colorado River.”
Gary Wockner, Director of the Save The Colorado River campaign
“WATERSHEDengages us with the human aspects of the Colorado River and inspires action to safeguard the Mother of Rivers.”
Karin Sheldon, President of Western Resource Advocates
“The content and timing of this film are of critical importance. Our work in the Colorado River Delta over the past decade has demonstrated that the Delta is very resilient and that even a little additional water can make a dramatic difference. The Delta will not continue to come back to life, though, without the kind of community awareness and support WATERSHED will engender.”
Francisco Zamora, Director of the Sonoran Institute’s Colorado River Delta Legacy Project