Reno-vating Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: A Film Festival Highlighting Collaborative Habitat Conservation and Its Benefits (Day 1)


8:00AM Undamming the Hudson River
  George Jackman
“Undamming the Hudson River” is a short documentary film by National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster showcasing Riverkeeper’s efforts to restore natural habitat by eliminating obsolete dams throughout the Hudson River Estuary. Many fish use tributaries to the Hudson River as pathways to move between feeding, nursery, and spawning grounds. Unfortunately, thousands of dams – many built in the 19th and 20th centuries – are blocking those pathways and dramatically shrinking accessible habitat area, causing declines in fish and other wildlife. As the years have passed, these dams often no longer serve the purposes for which they were originally built and many have fallen into disrepair. Working collaboratively with communities, state and local agencies, landowners, conservationists, and other stakeholders, Riverkeeper is committed to restoring aquatic life to the Hudson by ridding the river and its tributaries of the hundreds of deadbeat dams that now serve only as impediments for the river’s fish. Dam removal is critical to restoring biodiversity and abundance of life in the Hudson River. Founded in 1966, Riverkeeper is a watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of millions of New Yorkers. Run time: 15 min 35 sec.
8:20AM A Natural Balance – Partners in Restoration
  Susan Ireland
A film that describes the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s sacred covenant with the Creator and how that led to the Tribe’s efforts to restore the Kootenai River. The Tribe connects culture with community and agency collaboration to implement restoration, unifying and healing the river and the people.
8:40AM Restoring California’s Great Estuary
  William (Bill) Harrell
Restoring California’s Great Estuary, A Series of Short Films California EcoRestore is a multi-agency initiative led by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is a partner on 28 of the 30 projects which seek to restore at least 30,000 acres of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta habitat by 2020. EcoRestore projects are driven by world-class science and guided by adaptive management and seek to support the long-term health of the Delta and its native fish and wildlife species. The types of habitat targeted include tidal wetlands, floodplain, upland, riparian, fish passage improvements and others. In this series of short films, we feature the California EcoRestore Program and highlight several projects that were implemented in 2018. These films were produced by DWR in cooperation with the California EcoRestore Program and CNRA. The EcoRestore short documentary film features interview segments with CNRA Secretary Wade Crowfoot and DWR Director Karla Nemeth, along with several other leaders from partnering agencies and NGOs. The project specific films highlight on the ground project managers and local partners describing the unique features and the characteristics of each project.
09:40AM Break
2:50PM Refreshment Break

Organizers: Deborah Hart, Tom Lang
Supported by: National Fish Habitat Partnership and The Fish Habitat Section of the American Fisheries Society

Location: Reno-Sparks CC Date: September 30, 2019 Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm