Mark the Date: March 20 in Brookfield- Screening and Potluck: “DamNation”
There are over 80,000 dams, 3 feet or higher in the US according to the US Army Corps of Engineers. And many “deadbeat” dams, no longer serving any utility or purpose, need to be removed as an effective way to restore entire watershed ecosystems, revive wild and sustainable fisheries and associated jobs, protect coastal beaches and wetlands, and improve water quality. “DamNation” is an award winning, riveting film that sheds light on America’s dams and their impact on river health.
Here in Vermont our dams may not be considered big but they are plentiful–there are over 1,000 dams on Vermont’s waterways. An estimated 200 of these are considered “deadbeat” dams. The Brookfield Historical Society has a strong interest in also understanding the history of the use of dams by industries in our town and county and is sponsoring this event as part of our preparation for this summer’s Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge themed about water in our state. The Nature Conservancy and its partners are working to remove “deadbeat” dams from Vermont’s waterways and NC representatives will be on hand for after-screening discussion. The screening, followed by discussion, will start at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 20th, with a Brookfield Historical Society hosted potluck at 5:00 PM. All are invited to this free BHS event at the Pond Village Church, 49 Ridge Road in Brookfield, Vermont.
For more information about DamNation, visit the film’s website at http://damnationfilm.com/ .