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Nevada Film Festival selects 'Over Troubled Waters' as best documentary short

by: Dan Bacher

Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 18:31:40 PM PST

The Nevada Film Festival has selected Over Troubled Waters, a new documentary about the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta directed by Russell Fisher, as a winner for the "Best Documentary Short."

"We are pleased and honored to have been selected as a winner for the Nevada Film Festival," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "The increased exposure from the Film Festival will help in the fight for levee protections, common sense planning, and improved water quality and quantity for the Delta."

The 2012 Nevada Film Festival was held over the weekend of December 1-2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking place each year, the festival is the Silver State's "annual celebration of the very best in American and international cinema, bringing together top independent filmmakers, growing audiences and the film industry professionals who make it all possible."

In this visually rich documentary, Ed Begley Jr. narrates the story of how the people of the Delta are fighting to protect the region they love and to encourage saner, sustainable water policies for all the people of California, according to a news release from Restore the Delta.

"This is our chance to tell the real Delta story," said Barrigan-Parrilla. "This film reveals how powerful forces are using fear of flooding and earthquakes to make a case for transforming a unique, beautiful, productive region into a permanent way station for water going somewhere else."

"They are trying to force on the public a massive, multi-billion dollar water transfer project that Californians will be paying for decades and that will not restore the Delta. Over Troubled Waters is a good fit for the Festival, as it is the centerpiece of a public education effort to stop the building of these peripheral tunnels," concluded Barrigan-Parrilla.

Fishermen, family farmers, Indian Tribes, environmentalists and elected officials from across the political spectrum oppose the peripheral tunnels proposed under the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) because their construction would lead to the demise of Sacramento River chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, striped bass, largemouth bass, Sacramento splittail, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green and white sturgeon and other fish populations.

In addition, they criticize the BDCP's proposed conversion of vast tracts of Delta farmland, some of the most fertile on the planet, in order to greenwash the delivery of massive amounts of Delta water to irrigate drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Both the Brown and Obama administrations are going forward with the multi-billion dollar BDCP boondoggle, in spite of massive public opposition.

At a public meeting held in Sacramento on November 29, Deputy Natural Resources Secretary Jerry Meral said that state and federal officials were not yet ready to publish the draft plan that was originally expected this October. "We're not there yet," admitted Meral.

Meral said the draft would become available in late January or early February 2013. The draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the project, when public comment would be solicited, would become available in the Spring of 2013. The final BDCP and EIR/EIS will be issued at the "end of 2012," Meral said.

For more information about Nevada Film Festival, please visit http://www.nevadafilmfestival.... For more information about Restore the Delta, go to: http://www.restorethedelta.org.

Dan Bacher :: Nevada Film Festival selects 'Over Troubled Waters' as best documentary short
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