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Community Ag Alliance: ‘The Great Divide’ comes to Chief Theater

Marsha Daughenbaugh/For Steamboat Today

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend “The Great Divide,” a feature-length documentary exploring the historic influence of water in connecting and dividing an arid state and region. The film will screen at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs.

The Emmy award-winning team at Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, produced “The Great Divide,” and the film crew angled from every corner of Colorado and all of its major river basins.

Millions of people, billions of dollars and an enormous amount of economic activity across a vast swath of America, from California to the Mississippi River, are dependent upon rivers born in Colorado’s mountains. In a time of mounting demand and limited supply, the need for all citizens to better understand and participate in decisions affecting this critical resource is paramount.

“The water we take for granted each and every day gets its start here in our state,” filmmaker Jim Havey said. “Our goal for this film is to raise public understanding and appreciation of Colorado’s water heritage, and we hope to inspire a more informed public discussion concerning the vital challenges confronting our state and region with increasing urgency.”

The companion book, written by Stephen Grace, will be a natural resource for viewers who seek additional knowledge beyond the film and will be on sale at the premiere. The coffee table book features a vast array of breathtaking photographs, both archival and contemporary, serving as attractive illustrations and a supplemental way to tell the story.

The Steamboat showing is the culmination of a 10-city tour throughout Colorado that began Aug. 8. The response throughout the state has sparked conversations about the future of water usage and encouraged better understanding of the related challenges.

The doors at The Chief will open at 5:30 p.m., and the film will begin promptly at 6:15. Following the film, a Q&A panel session will be moderated by Tommy Rossi, Routt County Cattlemen president.

Panelists include Taylor Hawes, providing expertise on the Colorado River; Mary Brown, long-serving member of the Yampa-White-Green Round Table; and Alden Vanden Brink, with the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District. Questions and comments will be accepted from the public.

Sponsored in part by Community Agriculture Alliance, The Nature Conservancy and Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, “The Great Divide” is an event not to be missed. It is an opportunity for all of us to better connect with all water users throughout the state.

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Marsha Daughenbaugh is the executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance.

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