July River Voice

River Voice –

Work has started on the Southern Exposure Film about Little River!

As you may know, Southern Exposure is sponsored by the Alabama Rivers Alliance and made possible through the support and partnership with environmental and conservation groups across the state. Southern Exposure Film Fellows who are selected for the program create captivating films that give viewers a sense of how much Alabama has to offer and the importance of protecting its resources.

Just recently, Billy and I met up with Southern Exposure Filmmaker Jeb Brackner and his colleague Matt Grcic, on what was the most perfect 1st day of summer that can be imagined at our favorite spot on Lookout Mountain, The May’s Cabin, which overlooks DeSoto Falls. (It might be our favorite spot because we were married there.) 

The main topic of the Southern Exposure film will be the process of getting Little River Listed as Wild & Scenic. It will be ready to screen this fall. Little River Waterkeeper has teamed up with the Little River Canyon Center to present this year’s debut of Southern Exposure on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Please mark your calendars. We hope you can join us for this inspiring and informative annual event. 

About the film makers. 

JEB BRACKNER is a filmmaker whose roots in Alabama stretch from his childhood as a Montgomery native to his education in film and psychology from the University of Alabama. Nature is one of Jeb’s leading inspirations, and he is very passionate about environmental justice, especially throughout his home state. Cinematic storytelling, whether it be narrative or documentary, is another of his passions, and he hopes to make a career out of it through a production company he’s creating with two of his college colleagues.

Matthew J Grcic is an award winning filmmaker and a photographer who participated as a film fellow for the 2016 Southern Exposure Films and since then moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work for Alabama Public Television. He volunteers his time to assist Southern Exposure Film Fellows during their internship. What I really like about Matt is his love of environment. I am hoping to learn how to tell stories with film from Matt.

Over the next 6 weeks, we will explore in and around the Little River Watershed to document how this amazing river has impacted the community historically, culturally, and economically to build the case for why Little River should be designated as a Wild and Scenic River. If you have a great story about how Little River is a part of your life, please email us at wyshugart@littleriverwaterkeeper.org. We would love to hear it. We will choose a couple of lucky submissions to be interviewed for a spot in the film!  

Why Wild & Scenic? 

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act safeguards the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.

A Wild and Scenic designation would further protect the river’s scenic and recreational values as the surrounding area grows. It would ensure that the experiences and economic benefits Little River provides today will be there for future generations.

Little River Swim Club 

Weekly Water Tests from 9 favorite swimming spots have been consistently clean this summer with only a few exceptions. Last week, we observed a spike in e-coli tests on the East Fork of Little River at Lake Lahusage that registered >2419.6 col./ 100ml, Dangerously high and over the maximum number the test can detect. The EPA and State level for “Do not Swim” is 235 col/ 100ml. LRW continued to monitor the spike as the lake returned to safe levels over the next week. The cause of the spike was undetermined. Subsequent tests confirmed the spike was not a testing error. You can find weekly test results on Little River Waterkeeper’s website. https://littleriverwaterkeeper.org. Become a member of Little River Swim Club. Your $10 donation directly sponsors one e-coli test and we give a shoutout on social media to you!   

2 Comments on “July River Voice

  1. Wonderful and important work you guys do. Humans are WATER!

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