Library to screen documentary about Europe’s last wild rivers |

Library to screen documentary about Europe’s last wild rivers

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Blue Heart,” a new documentary film about the fight to save Europe’s last wild rivers, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Library Hall.

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What:“Blue Heart” documentary screening
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of hydropower development threatens to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. If fierce local opposition fails, the last undammed watersheds on the continent will be corralled by more than 3,000 proposed hydropower dams and diversions — all at a time when dams are being decommissioned throughout much of the developed world. 

Activists, who span the shores of these rivers, and European NGOs such as RiverWatch (run by German activist Ulrich Eichelmann), are fighting against local government corruption and foreign investment.

“Blue Heart” documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are spearheading a monthslong, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water.

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