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OTTAWA RIVERKEEPER ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL

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Ottawa’s First Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Join Ottawa Riverkeeper for an evening of adventure-packed films that celebrate our natural world while raising funds to protect the Ottawa River.

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The evening includes a silent auction, door prizes and the opportunity to speak to the Ottawa Riverkeeper herself, Meredith Brown!

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Why: All proceeds from this evening support Ottawa Riverkeeper initiatives, including the purchase of water quality test kits for our Riverwatch Program. Swim. Drink. Fish. It’s your river, it’s your right!

Tickets: $12 General Admission, $50 VIP pass (1 ticket with reserved premium seating and admission to our prescreening reception)

Hosted by Ottawa Riverkeeper, this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival features award-winning environmental documentaries with a focus on freshwater.

Through stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling these films inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth, build strong communities, and create a positive future for the next generation.

Award Winning Films

White Water, Black Gold
Follows David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world’s thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain icefields that are the source of this industry’s water, to the Tar Sands tailings ponds. White Water, Black Gold is a sober look at the untold costs associated with this unconventional ‘oil’. Take a sneak peak!

Chasing Water
Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Check out the trailer

For a full listing of films…


Amazing Prizes

A Stand Up Paddle group lesson for six from Paddlefit

An Ocean Wise five-course menu by Executive Chef Walid El-Tawel with Restaurant e18hteen

Buy tickets online or at Delilah (in the Parc), Delilah (in the Glebe), Mountain Equipment Co-op or Trailhead

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SAVING NORTH AMERICA’S RIVERS – COUSTEAU VIDEO

Alexandra Cousteau brings attention to water issues in new documentary

By Ryan Stuart

The Colorado River used to create a massive estuary in the arm pit of the Baja Peninsula. The great river met the sea at a wetland the size of Delaware; 2-million acres of fish nurseries and a refuge for migratory birds.

However, in the last 50 years the Colorado river only actually reached the sea a handful of times. It has been sucked dry by Americans. The U.S. siphons off 90 percent of the water to soak lawns, water farmland and hydrate the nearby desert-loving people. The rest goes to Mexican cities.

Sad but true, the Colorado is one of many rivers in trouble, and this is just one of the growing number of water issues in North America. In 2010, Alexandra Cousteau set out to document many of these water issues in “Blue Planet 2010: North America.”

The granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau and a team of videographers, writers and photographers traveled 27, 000 kilometres across the United States in a biodiesel-burning bus/newsroom to investigate water issues. Wherever they stopped, they met with water crusaders to learn about local issues and raise money for local projects.

Next up for Cousteau, who has spoken at the United Nations, Harvard and the Smithsonian, is her most daunting challenge—Motherhood. But like her iconic grandfather, Cousteau isn’t taking much time off. She’s already planning her next project: an ambitious effort to restore a major U.S. watershed.

 Links –

“http://www.vimeo.com/15096754”

Alexandra’s website

http://explore-mag.com/1421/adventure/alexandra-cousteau-saving-rivers-2

PLAN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE HOLIDAY

I received an impressive photo in my e-mail today from  Earth Science and just had to share – armchair travel or your next holiday.

This image was captured a couple of minutes after sunrise on September 27, 2011 from the Labyrinth campground on the western side of the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The Sun is directly behind me and casts the shadow of the Green River valley rim onto the cliff face on the opposite side of the river. The stillness of the morning helped create a striking reflection on the river. A few minutes after this picture was taken it was business as usual for daytime in the park – bright, glaring, baking hot sun.

The Green River’s source is in the Green River Lakes on Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highest mountain. In its 730 mi (1,175 km) course, the river has an average descent of 13 ft/mi (2m/km). It’s the largest tributary of the Colorado River system with a catchment area of 45,000 sq mi (116,500 km2). The greenish color of the water, and the river’s name, is most likely derived from the green soapstone in some of its banks.

Searching for more background information on  Canyonlands National Park led me to the Park’s Orientation video called ‘Rock Wilderness’.

http://www.nps.gov/cany/photosmultimedia/orientationvideo.htm

Anyone into hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, or rafting looking for your next unforgettable holiday will be most interested in watching this video aboutn Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.

There is also a slide show presentation taken in Canyonlands National Park using heat sensitive and motion sensitive cameras. The goal of the project was to place two wildlife cameras in selected biologically rich areas, thus, in a non-intrusive manner, learn more about the mammals that live in the park.

http://www.nps.gov/imr/_cs_apps/fls_photoGallery/customcf/display-slideshow.cfm?gID=490004

Photographer: Stephen J. Gledhill; Stephen’s Web page

Summary Authors: Stephen J. Gledhill; Stu Witmer

Enjoy – from your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa.