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Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center to Show Environmental Film River Ways

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center will show an environmental film River Ways on Tuesday, February.

The 85-minute documentary is the fourth film in this season’s Wenatchee Valley Environmental Film Series, presented by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Trust for Public Land and WVMCC and portrays the question of whether to remove dams on the Snake River in Eastern Washington.

“River Ways” explores the lives of real people affected by the dams. Environmental groups criticize the dams for their negative impact on fish populations. Frank Sutterlict, a Native American fisherman, struggles to make ends meet in the face of dwindling salmon numbers. Mark Ihander, a commercial fisherman, hangs onto an industry in economic decline. Ben Barstow, a family farmer, fears the effect of dam removal on his already marginal business. Others discuss the ramifications of power supply should the dams be taken out.

Combining interviews with careful observation and beautiful Northwest scenery, the film introduces the viewer to a surprisingly complex mix of perspectives on the dam issue. “River Ways” is sponsored by Trout Unlimited Washington Water Project; TU representative Szilvia Rideg will introduce the film.

A donation of $5 is suggested. The museum is located at 127 South Mission Street in Wenatchee. Free parking is available on the street or in the Kittitas Street lot a block south of the museum. For more information call (509) 888-6240

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