A Voice for the Sacramento River System Since 1984

Sac Valley Strong (Documentary)

Project Info

Project Description

Our CSU Chico Anthropology Intern, David Linville, has been working for over a year to create a holistic ethnography for the Sacramento Valley focussed on why people love to live and thrive in the Sacramento Valley and what keeps the region “Sac Valley Strong.

David has travelled from the south delta to the upper Sacramento River Watershed taking photos of people enjoying life, asking them questions about why they value their home region, and writing about what he is learning along the way in the form of an ethnography. David has also taken this project to the next level by interviewing citizens, non-profit representatives, public employees, regional representatives, and others, on camera and is currently editing his interviews to create a documentary film about the culture and status of the Sacramento River Valley.

Want to be a part of David’s project and share your perspectives on what makes the Sacramento Valley strong? Email us at info@sacrivertrust.org and we will get you in touch with David.

Project Overview:

This project will depict current environmental circumstances resulting from the Central Valley Project’s modification of the Sacramento River. This project will collect stunning visual representation of the engineering marvels of the Central Valley Project existing in Northern California; as well as portraits of, and stories from activists, experts, farmers and fishermen intimately familiar with the Sacramento River valley.

Geographical Focus Area:

The Sacramento River watershed from Shasta County to Solano County. Including but not limited to large and small farms, factories, recreational parks, docks, government offices, Native American reservations, and all peoples and perspectives associated or impacted by the flowing river. Many valuable perspectives are ignored, sometimes deliberately, and we wish to unveil useful knowledge and ideas and circulate them throughout the public so it may become more common sense.

Project Goal:

Bringing tangible and personable education about political and economic mismanagement of water resources by talking to many river community stakeholders who will shed specific light on problems and answers surrounding river sustainability and preservation. Showing the natural beauty of the area in conjunction with detailed and personal ethnographic research explaining what is actually being lost, both culturally and biologically. To engage misinformed and/or non-concerned community members about important water issues throughout the State that dangerously effects more than meets the public eye. We are getting less water than normal, and the demand for it increases daily. It is important to know what is being done about this at all levels.

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