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Please join Meaningful Movies Port Townsend and special guest filmmaker Shane Anderson for an online screening of “Chehalis: A Watershed Moment.” We’ll watch the film together online via Zoom (registration details below) and have a Q&A session following the film. It’s like the Meaningful Movies you’re used to, but online!

“Chehalis: A Watershed Moment” is a 60 minute documentary about how climate change and a legacy of human impact is affecting Washington’s Chehalis River and the people living in the watershed. Told by the people grappling with decisions that will affect the fate of the river, its salmon and their communities, the film explores the intersection of social, cultural, economic and environmental values that are increasingly being defined by a new climate reality.

Faced with worsening floods and a prized salmon population on the brink of extinction, the decisions made in the coming years will decide the future and fate of this watershed.

On Dec. 3, 2007 the Chehalis River valley experienced a catastrophic flood like never before, marking the fourth major flood in 30 years. With the flood came the resurgence of long-standing interest in building a flood retention dam.

The dam proposal has spurred a massive scientific investigation to learn more about this little known basin and its fragile habitat. If no action is taken, the prized spring Chinook population will stay on trajectory toward extinction.

Climate change is on the doorstep of this rural American watershed, with models predicting a 20% increase in storm intensity and rising water temperatures over the next 80 years. The film asks the question: Can diverse communities and cultures find common ground to solve the crises of increasing floods, droughts and the plight of an iconic species?

PLEASE NOTE: This screening will be hosted online via Zoom only; there is no physical event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yz4wKawpTlupKC7TDXW3Rg to register.