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Guardians of Our Troubled Waters
September 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The Transylvania County Library presents Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, a David Weintraub/Center for Cultural Preservation production, in the Rogow Room on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6pm. What if we could smell our local rivers long before we could see them? What if our legacy was dead streams, poisonous water and a dying ecosystem? This was the story of our community not very long ago. Mark Twain remarked that many of the rivers he observed were “too thin to plow but too thick to drink” and that describes the French Broad River, the Pigeon, the Swannanoa, the Mills and the Green and many other regional waterways. Industry brought better paying jobs to our community, but they also brought in pollution so toxic that it killed the fish and other animals, and in some cases, the communities’ cancer rates were off the charts. Many people grew up believing that all rivers were supposed to be brown and smelly and distasteful. But enter the river heroes who said no to these destruction. These heroes include people like Wilma Dykeman in Western North Carolina, the Upper French Broad Defense Association in North Carolina, the Dead Pigeon River Council in Tennessee and Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida. This 75-minute film is a collaboration with the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Wilma Dykeman Legacy Foundation, MountainTrue, Conserving Carolina, Haywood Waterways Association, Friends of the Everglades and Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee. Major sponsors include the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the McClure Education Foundation, the Pigeon River Fund, Gaia Herbs and Prestige Subaru with additional support from Headwaters Outfitters and Mast General Store. The Center for Cultural Preservation is a cultural nonprofit organization dedicated to working for mountain heritage continuity through oral history, documentary film, education and public programs. This free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For additional information contact Marcy at 828-884-1820 or email@example.com.