Please join us for a FREE community screening of the powerful film DamNation
. The film examines on a national level the environmental impact of dams and the controversy that often surrounds the removal of obsolete dams. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is sponsoring this film, in partnership with Alvernia University, as part of its 2014 River of the Year Lecture Series, in recognition of the river as Pennsylvania's River of the Year.
This is a free event, but please register to let us know you are coming. Register Here
(Registration not required but suggested).
Dams have played a key role in the history of the Schuylkill River, dating back nearly 200 years when a series of dams were built in developing the Schuylkill Navigation System. And while the canal made it possible to bring coal from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia, the dams have had serious environmental consequences, most notably the disappearance of shad.
DamNation explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.