White Salmon River film; NW mining issues discussed April 26

April 26 beginning at 7 p.m., a Portland filmmaker, a Texas journalist and a Hood River author will each present recent work examining the good, bad and ugly within the Columbia River watershed.

The event will take place in the pFreim Family Brewing event room.

Columbia Riverkeeper will open the evening with film shorts highlighting some of the pressing issues affecting the health of the Columbia River.

Andy Maser produced, wrote and directed “The White Salmon River Runs Free: Breaching Condit Dam.” The film aired as an episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide program in February.

Brad Tyer is an editor at the Texas Observer. His book, “Opportunity, Montana” (Beacon Press 2013) depicts the polluted legacy of copper mining around Butte, Mont., near the headwaters of the Clark’s Fork of the Columbia. Opportunity is a town downstream of Butte that was saturated in toxic mine waste during the era when copper was king in Montana.

Recently, Opportunity received a second round of contaminations as the designated dumping ground for mine waste clean-up that occurred as a dam on the Clark Fork River near Missoula was removed in 2008.

Hood River resident Steen Hawley is the author of “Recovering a Lost River” (Beacon Press 2011), which surveys some recent successful dam removal projects around the country and gages the prospects for removing four federal dams on the lower Snake River in Eastern Washington.

Tyer and Hawley will read brief excerpts from their books, followed by a screening of Maser’s film.

The trio, along with Lorri Epstein, water quality director for Columbia Riverkeeper, will lead a discussion on river-related topics following the film.

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