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film_Running-Dry2The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? (2008)

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This film, hosted and narrated by actress Jane Seymour, discusses the water crisis in the western United States. Viewers will learn about land use planning and water needs of cities in the Southwest and how relentless drought and record low precipitation has affected water levels on vital sources such as Lake Powell, Lake Mead, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River.



film_MishraThe Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting - Anupam Mishra (2009)

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With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today–and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

film_bucknumThe Bathroom Reinvented: Hyphae (2009)

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This Dwell Magazine video features ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, sharing the ABCs of re-routing home waste water (graywater) to sustainably irrigate gardens and other green spaces. He takes us from his live/work space in Oakland to several residential sites around Berkeley that feature graywater systems in various stages of completion. Check out their website at

film_blue-goldBlue Gold: World Water Wars (2009)

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Wars of the future will be fought over water, not oil. Water, the source of human survival, enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?


film_brockBrock Dolman–Bioneers Keynote Presentation (2009)

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Brock Dolman is the director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's (OAEC) Permaculture Program, and is director of the WATER Institute in Occidental, California. His experience ranges from the study of wildlife biology, native California botany and watershed ecology, to the practice of habitat restoration, education about regenerative human settlement design, ethno-ecology, and ecological literacy activism towards societal transformation.  His presentation at the Bioneers Conference showcases his abilities as a wordsmith and water expert.

California Colloquium on Water Archives (2001-Present)

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The archives of the popular lecture series, the California Colloquium on Water, feature presentations from scholars of distinction in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, law and environmental design. These lectures are designed to increase the understanding and appreciation among students, faculty and the general public of water resources and to contribute to informed decisions about water in California.

film_ca-howserCalifornia’s Water (2006-2008)

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California’s Water is a multi-part series hosted by Huell Howser. The series explores California’s water resources and the complex system of natural and man-made features that has allowed growing communities, productive farms, industry and ecosystems to co-exist in a state that receives little or nor rain for months at a time. This series has 23 programs available online.

film_china-townChinatown (1974)

Chinatown is a legendary film noir movie directed by Roman Polanski, and stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. The story was inspired by the historical disputes over land and water rights that raged in southern California during the 1910s and 20s, in which William Mulholland acted on behalf of Los Angeles interests to secure water rights in the Owens Valley.

film_earthfocusEarth Focus: Episode 10 (2009)

This video focuses on the challenges of water and sanitation, featuring the water crisis in the American Southwest, a new direction for U.S. water policy, and news from World Water Week in Stockholm. Also, advocates gather at the U.S. Capitol to celebrate World Toilet Day and water experts from Water U.K. weigh in on making a difference.


film_flow-filmFlow: For the Love of Water (2008)

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Water is the essence of life, sustaining every being on this planet. Without water, there would simply be no plants, no animals, and no people. But the global water supply isn’t just at risk, it’s already in crisis.


The Innovative Turn (2008)

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This program highlights new attitudes and technologies towards water efficiency in Germany.

Jonathan Todd—Sustaining Life: Ecological Design and Water Reuse

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Water is the basis of all life, and our planet faces deepening challenges related to water purity and availability. Jonathan Todd will discuss advanced ecological design projects, including future directions of sustainable wastewater and water management. This will include harvesting the carbon and nutrients from wastewater and converting them to energy and new resources. He will evaluate the promise of natural systems technologies, especially in their ability to break down endocrine disruptors in wastewater. The aesthetics of ecological design in relation to decentralized storm and wastewater systems on a neighborhood scale will be explored. And, finally, Todd will propose a cultural and technological paradigm shift for the management of our vital water resources.

In 1995, after 15 years working on governmental development and engineering projects around the world, Jonathan Todd accepted his father's invitation to help shape the vision of John Todd Ecological Design, the company John founded in 1989. Today, Jonathan works closely with each client in the early phases of a project, overseeing the detailed execution of priorities while managing the work of the company's project and engineering teams. Most importantly, Jonathan works closely with John Todd to ensure the completion of each project meets with both the progressive vision of his father and the client's specifications, aesthetic and standards. Jonathan has a keen interest in developing sustainable solutions for refugee populations throughout the world.

Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure 2009

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Liquid Assets is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. Combining a ninety-minute documentary with a community toolkit for facilitating local involvement, Liquid Assets explores the history, engineering, and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues.

film_plagues-and-pleasuresPlagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)

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This quirky, entertaining and informative movie is narrated by John Waters and describes the history of the Salton Sea in southern California.

film_poisoned-watersPBS Frontline: Poisoned Waters (2009

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A far-reaching investigation into pollution in America’s waterways, featuring Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

film_brad-lancasterRainwater Harvesting Basics with Brad Lancaster (2008)

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Brad Lancaster is an expert and advocate for rainwater harvesting and has written two of the most important books on the topic. See his website at

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: 150 years in 100 seconds

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This is an animation commissioned by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (thanks to the creativity of David Osti) that depicts the landscape of the Delta prior to levee construction and how the levees evolved the region from the Gold Rush era to the 1930s. Narration by Metropolitan's Tom Philp, who writes commentary at's City Brights section.

film_state-of-thirstState of Thirst: California's Water Future (2008)

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Are we in danger of running out of water? California's population is growing by 600,000 people a year, but much of the state receives as much annual rainfall as Morocco. With fish populations crashing, global warming, and the demands of the country's largest agricultural industry, the pressures on our water supply are increasing.

film_thirst_posterThirst (2004)

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Is water part of a shared "commons," a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace? Thirst tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions. Over a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Each year, millions of children die of diseases caused by unsafe water. The numbers are increasing.


film_Penn-TellerThe Truth About Bottled Water–Penn & Teller (2007)

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Penn & Teller make a funny and informative attack on the myths about bottled water.

film_WaterFrontLogo72The Water Front (2007)

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Set in Highland Park, Michigan, The Water Front begins with the community’s descent into a fiscal crisis after the once prevalent auto industry leaves town. Facing economic collapse, a financial consultant team is hired to pull the town out of crisis. The team turns to the town’s water system as a source of economic recuperation. The result is exorbitant water bills in a community with few resources to meet the astonishing charges. The community goes from disbelief to activism and a small group of determined community leaders emerge–with help from Food & Water Watch–to defend their basic human right to affordable and accessible water.

The Water Channel

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TheWaterChannel was launched at the WordWaterForum in 2009 in Istanbul as a partnership of MetaMeta Communications, Nymphaea, UNESCO-IHE, and Cap-Net. The idea was to support education and awareness in water by making video material available that is often scattered and easily lost. They founders wanted to 'touch' visitors, to help inspire them to work towards a world of better water management.

film_waterlifeWaterlife (2009)

Waterlife is a documentary about the state of the Great Lakes that follows the flow of the lakes' water from the Nipigon River to the Atlantic Ocean. Using both documentary actuality and computer imaging, Waterlife begins at the primeval forests of Superior's north coast, stops at the baroque fountains of Chicago on Lake Michigan, continues to the rain-swept streets of Detroit and beyond, all the while examining how the greatest body of fresh water on Earth transforms the societies it passes through and is transformed by them.

The film's goal is to take viewers on a tour of an incredibly beautiful ecosystem that is facing complex challenges. Beyond that, Waterlife wants to bring viewers a visceral understanding of the element that is so integral to all of our lives.

film_world-without-waterA World Without Water (2008)

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The world is running out of its most precious resource. True Vision's timely film tells of the personal tragedies behind the mounting privatization of water supplies. More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation can only get worse as water gets ever more scarce.

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