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Poison in the Rockies

Threats to water quality in the Colorado Rockies.

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Directed by Christopher McLeod
Produced by Robert Lewis and Christopher McLeod
Produced in association with Environmental Research Group in Aspen CO

Here is PBS's updated "Nova" version of the award-winning DOWNWIND/DOWNSTREAM, documenting the serious threat to water quality, sub-alpine ecosystems and public health in the Colorado Rockies from mining operations, acid rain and urbanization.

50% of the material in this "Nova" version is new. Increasing emphasis has been given to the scientific side of the story--from an explanation of Rocky Mountain geology and the development of aquifers, to detailing how the thousands of small abandoned mines contaminate water sources by leaching heavy metals into the rivers and streams.

More time has also been given to the story of today's vast mining operations, such as the Climax Molybdenum Mine owned by AMAX. Included are new interviews with mining officials and Charles Wilkinson, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, who discusses the evolution of water battles in the West from questions of water supply to water contamination, and now mining regulations, which he describes as being in their infancy.

Cities as far apart as El Paso, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles depend on clean water from the Rockies for their water supply. In addition to the mining operations, that water supply is now threatened by acid rain and acid snow. Together these problems also represent a potent threat to the $10 billion Western tourism industry. This is a story about our society's waste products and the necessity of cleaning up our act now before it's too late.

Grade Level: Grades 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1990     Copyright Date: 1990
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-864-3     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-065-X

"Actor Peter Coyote articulately narrates this sobering, beautifully shot examination of the threatened Colorado Rocky Mountain waters... sterling landscape footage in this well-documented look at an ecological time-bomb."

"Photography is excellent... of interest to environmentalists, students, and the general public alike. Libraries in all areas will want to buy this title, since these environmental calamities are universal. Highly recommended."
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"Concludes with recommendations for action and demonstrates how air and water problems are everyone's problem...This excellent film is interesting, informative, accurate, and rightfully disturbing... It is appropriate for classes in science, social

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Poison in the Rockies

"Well-documented look at an ecological time-bomb." Booklist

Awards and Festivals
U.S. Environmental Film Festival

American Studies
Environmental Justice

Urban Studies
Urban and Regional Planning
Western US

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