many anglers know by now, the Klamath River is the epicenter of one of
the nation’s most bitter water wars. Residents
and policy-makers have struggled for years to reconcile the water needs
of agriculture, tribes, communities, and fish and wildlife in this
basin. But there is hope. Since 2010 three landmark agreements have been
forged that would provide water security for
all these parties. Trout Unlimited
played an important role in negotiating these agreements, which must be authorized by Congress to be fully implemented (Congressional leaders say the Klamath Agreements
could come up for a vote soon).
The urgent need for Congress to act to support these homegrown,
collaborative agreements—exactly the kind of ground-up solutions
Congress says it wants as the basis for legislation—before
they terminate at the end of 2015 has been covered lately by the
New York Times,
Circle of Blue,
Public News Service and
new film from Jason Atkinson, a former Oregon state senator, and It
Matters Productions aims to “change the conversation” about the Klamath
and spur action
from the President and Congress to resolve the water conflicts in the
third most productive river for salmon and steelhead on the West Coast.
A River Between Us tells the human story of the Klamath water struggles and the cost to lives, cultures, and communities.
See the trailer
HERE. Several TU corporate sponsors, including Orvis and Fishpond, are also helping to promote the film.
TU is pleased to partner with A River Between Us to help get Congress and the White House to act before the end of this year to pass the Klamath agreements. Anglers who purchase the film will receive a complimentary one-year membership to TU. Downloadable copies of A River Between Us are now available in Standard Definition and High Definition on iTunes and Amazon. The cost is $12.99 for the HD version. If you are already a TU member, download the film and give a fishing buddy a TU membership.