Exploring a new water ethic for the new west.
Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena, WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River, and offers solutions for the future of the American West.
As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support 40 million people and the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Compact reaches its limits, WATERSHED introduces hope.
In WATERSHED, we meet Jeff Ehlert, a fly-fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park; Colorado rancher Dan James; delta restoration worker Edith Santiago; Navajo council member Glojean Todacheene; Rifle, Colorado, mayor Keith Lambert; Los Angeles native Jimmy Lizama, and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River as they all reflect a compelling new water ethic—one that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.
WATERSHED inspired the formation of the Raise the River coalition — a unique partnership of US and Mexican non-governmental organizations working to restore the Colorado River Delta. The film premiered on Netflix and PIVOT TV, screened in a dozen countries, and has been featured in over 50 film festivals.