The upcoming documentary “Killing The Colorado” examines the man-made water crisis that’s affecting the American West. At one point, water was an abundant necessity, and now it’s a scarce and complex commodity. Though many efforts have been taken to curb excessive water use in the West, it’s not clear shorter showers and ripping out lawns will make any discernible difference. While recent drought conditions have diminished the once-mighty Colorado River — the source of the vast majority of the West’s water — experts are now wondering whether the most severe shortages have been caused not by weather or consumer choices but by short-sighted policies and poor planning. Did we cause this crisis, and can we find a way to fix it? Watch an exclusive clip from the doc below.
The film is from Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein (“The Times of Harvey Milk”), Jeffrey Friedman (“The Celluloid Closet”), Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County U.S.A.”), Alan and Susan Raymond (“I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School”), and Jesse Moss (“Speedo”). It’s presented in associated with ProPublica and based on reporter Abrahm Lustgarten’s award-winning series of the same name.
“Killing The Colorado” features compelling insights from senior research scientists, water resource experts, and state leaders at the forefront of the water crisis, including Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO-D), Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ-R), and Mike O’Connor, U.S Deputy Secretary of the Interior. It will premiere as part of “Discovery Impact,” a series of groundbreaking documentaries that illuminate the most critical environmental threats we face.
“Killing The Colorado” premieres August 4th at 9PM exclusively on Discovery Channel. It will also be available on Discovery.com, Discovery Go, and Discovery On Demand on August 5th.