The story of the dam removal on the Klamath River is a big story that has the potential to be a huge story across the entire globe. Like many rivers throughout the world it involves the lively hoods of people along with the varied interests of many other river stakeholders. Many years have passed while trying to negotiate agreements to address the many needs and interests. There is a virtual alphabet soup of agencies of the Federal Government, Oregon State, California State, and several local Counties, involved. We also have Birkshire Hathaway, miners, farmers, ranchers, five tribes, fishers, hunters, birders, rafters, conservationists, and ecologists, all making claims to use of the river. Unfortunately politics of the self-serving variety is trying to derail the hard won compromise.
So far the democratic political system we all cherish has failed to solve the problems and put an end to the conflict. There must be a better way.
A relatively new film is working its way into the conscience of our society. It is titled “A River Between Us”. It is the work of Jason Atkinson. Jason was an Oregon State Senator for 14 years and currently serves on Oregon ODFW Commission. Jason also happens to be a Republican with a passion for conservation. After many years of trying to get a political consensus on the dam and water use conflict, he has now changed tactics. The new path is to change the culture and the culture will change the politics. Writing books, making films, electronic media, and social media are very powerful tools to tell the story that will change the culture. Many personal appearances so he can tell the back-story is also part of mix. The message is to heal the people and then we will all heal the river. Jason also makes use of the part of the bible called the beatitudes, “blessed are the peacemakers”, is just one of them.
You need to see the film, “A River Between Us”. If you can’t find it in a theatre there are other ways to see it. Go to the website ariverbetweenus.com. There you can purchase a DVD or stream it to your computer or television. You can also find it on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix.
Portland Business Journal – August 18, 2015
How Jason Atkinson separates politics from the Klamath’s ‘water wars’
In our weekly PBJ edition (which hit streets Friday), we talked to former Oregon State Senator Jason Atkinson about his latest project, a documentary on the Klamath Basin water wars.
Atkinson produced the project with filmmaker Jeff Martin. He calls it a “cinematic call to action” on the myriad issues surrounding dams along the Klamath River. – Read the entire story here.