Ian McGee

the connective tissue of humanity: RIVERS

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A 5 PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES

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America was built around sea ports. It just made sense for trade, immigration, and access to the world. As our ancestors explored inward on the continent they followed Rivers. What makes this series great....

 
This is a series about very different cultures in America connected by a need for survival.
— The New York Times
 

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two locations. one river.

St. Louis, Missouri .

 
 

two perspectives on the issue. one urban & one rural.

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Enviromental Impact

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America was built around sea ports. It just made sense for trade, immigration, and access to the world. As our ancestors explored inward on the continent they followed Rivers. What makes this series great....

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This is a series about very different cultures in America connected by a need for survival.
— The New York Times
 

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Five of America's most endangered rivers. Two stories per with one big message....

| THE BUFFALO |

| THE MISSISSIPPI |

| THE LOWER COLORADO |

| THE LOWER RIO GRANDE |

| THE RIVERS OF BRISTOL BAY | 

| BIG SUNFLOWER  |

 

The Buffalo

 
 

The name itself says so much about the spirt of those who traverse it’s current- River Rats, Lewis n’ Clark, Huckleberry n’ Tom, it’s a familiar story not told cinematically much these days.  Breakfast and a cool river bath in the early morning, fishing for dinner in the shade during the high sun, traditional Ozark canoe travel during the golden hour, campfires and fish tacos at night. The connection to the water, the way it feels to remove your figurative sandbags, and let the current take you. 

 

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The Environmental Impact:

People have this idea of ‘what a farm is’. What we’re dealing with here is not a red barn and a straw hat… We are not dealing with a farm, we are dealing with a factory and it’s destroying the nations first national river. The Hog Farm is not an american company. So we have a case where an international company acting irresponsibly with the number one revenue source of the third poorest county in Arkansas 

The Threat:

1. The factory farm trucks in thousands of tons of concentrated, grain based, swine feed.

2. The 6500 hogs, who never go outside, eat the feed and produce millions of gallons of waste that is high in nitrates and phosphorous and E coli.

3. The waste stays in the watershed and eventually reaches ground water and the river.

4. The nitrates and phosphorous in the river stimulate abnormally large and wide spread algae blooms that clog the river

5. The algae dies, rots and in the process uses up much of the oxygen in the river water.

6. The low oxygen levels cause die offs of fish and other aquatic animals and could permanently damage the river.

7. The E coli bacteria present a potential health hazard to anyone using the river.

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The Mississippi

 

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The Lower Colorado

 
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The Lower Rio Grande

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The Rivers of Bristol Bay

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Big Sun flower River

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