The Great Divide documentary, a local review
December 15, 2015
The state of Colorado is known as the Mother of Rivers.
Four mighty torrents, the Colorado, Rio Grande, South Platte and Arkansas begin their journeys to the sea in the high rocky slopes of the Centennial State. As ongoing droughts and water crises across the western US compel reevaluations of water use and water rights, citizens of Grand County have an especially poignant connection to the issue.
In an effort to educate county residents on water issues the local chapter of Trout Unlimited recently held a public screening of the documentary film "The Great Divide" at Middle Park High School in late Nov.
Adam Hershfelt, Grand County resident and owner of Elevation Pizza in Fraser, attended the screening with his wife. Hershfelt described the film as, "extremely educational" and expressed his belief that the film be shown more broadly.
"This movie should be shown to everyone in Colorado," Hershfelt said. "Our population is supposed to double by 2050. That's a scary number when you consider we don't seem to have the water to sustain the population we have now."
Hershfelt went on to discuss Grand County's position in the local water system.
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"From here to California it all starts with our little streams. I feel like Grand County residents have a better understanding of water issues and where water comes from. I think it is something we have a good grip on in our county and we need to educate everyone on the issue." He finished by saying, "I appreciate the efforts of people like Kirk Klanke, GCWIN and everyone who works to make sure this resource is used the way it should be."
The Great Divide is a feature length documentary from Havey Productions, based out of Denver. The film illustrates the intrinsic and expansive influence of water for connecting and dividing arid and non-arid regions of a state. The film's web site states, "the film will reveal today's critical need to cross 'the great divide,' replacing conflict with cooperation."
The hope of the creators of the film is to spark an informed discussion of the water based challenges confronting Colorado, the Colorado River basin and the entire western states region.
Trout Unlimited is planning to hold another screening of The Great Divide in Kremmling in February. No specific date has been scheduled yet.
Kirk Klancke with the Grand County Chapter of Trout Unlimited said he expects a date to be finalized at the chapter's next meeting in January.
Anyone interested in viewing the documentary, The Great Divide, it can be purchased from the film's web site, http://www.thegreatdividefilm.com or rent a digital version of the film through Vimeo On Demand online. The DVD is also available at the Grand County Library Distric for county residents with a library card.