Newsmaker of the Week: Jacob Morrison, Director of "River's End"
The Colorado River is drying up, millions are at risk of losing their water supply, and Indigenous communities are fighting to keep their water rights. The Western megadrought is taking its toll on American communities, but how did we get here?
In his new film, River's End: California's Latest Water War, Jacob Morrison delves deep into California's water politics. From the draining of the Owens Valley near Los Angeles to current efforts to siphon water supplies from Northern California's San Francisco Bay estuary, River's End takes a journey through the past and present of California's water crisis, inspiring viewers to learn where their water comes from and to save our rivers and the ecosystems and communities that depend upon them.
In our exclusive interview with Jacob, who directed, produced and edited the film, we learn how industrial agriculture and influential corporate investors have driven family farms off the map and taken hold of precious water supplies. "A lot of people think California is made up of family farms and people working hard to grow important food for the nation. But I realized a lot of those family farms have gone out of business and been replaced by giant agricultural companies who have taken over," he explains.
WW0: Newsmaker of the Week - Jacob Morrison, director of River's End, October 28, 2021.
River's End: California's Latest Water War - Official Trailer, April 21, 2021.
Yale Climate Connections: Is Western US experiencing a 'megadrought'?, August 15, 2021.
CBS: What the megadrought means to the American West, July 18, 2021.