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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Learn about waterway health in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Natural History Survey

presents a free evening event featuring a 
documentary, dessert & discussion.

WPWA encourages you to join us in attending
"DAMNATION"    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00pm
Richmond – Carolina Firehouse
208 Richmond Townhouse Road, Carolina, RI 02812
Reserve your free seat(s) by email or call 401.874.5800
6:00pm      Doors open for dessert & coffee, social hour
7:00pm      Introduction & movie
8:30pm     Discussion How is dam removal carried out and what does it accomplish 
                  for us here at home in Rhode Island? Led by RINHS Director David Gregg
                  with local experts Jim Turek, NOAA Restoration Center, and Chris Fox
                  Executive Director, Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association.
This powerful film explores the change in our national attitude, from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our future is bound in part to the life and health of our rivers. In a short span of years, dam removal has gone main stream. Witness, as obsolete dams come down, how rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other fish the right, after decades without access, to return their historical spawning grounds. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
DamNation shows how far and how quickly things have moved, from the assumption just 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Penobscot River in Maine.
RI Natural History Survey       PO Box 1858, Kingston, RI 02881        (401) 874-5800 &