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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Environmental Film Series -- Return of the River

Feb 21, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry Room 130

The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Spring 2017 Environmental Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is “Return of the River,” story of the largest US dam removal project, Elwha River, Olympic Peninsula and salmon habitat recovery with Chris Tonra, PhD, wildlife ecology professor; and Bryon Ringley, PE, Senior Principal and water resources engineer, Stantec.

Free free pizzas and beverages @ 6:45.

This public offering is also a Spring 2017 course offering through ENR 4193 Section 32330 and  ENR 6193 Section 34528.
Complete sign up by Friday, January 13th for an independent study course by attending the six films/discussions and writing essays afterwards. Syllabus at and Consult your faculty advisor to determine how this 1-credit course may meet requirements for your major.

Instructor: David Hanselmann ( or 614-247-1908)

Film synopsis
Return of the River is a film about the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States, and the extraordinary effort to restore an eco-system and set a river free – on the Olympic Peninsula in the State of Washington. Return of the River offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. It is a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better. It features an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration. Fundamentally, the Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them. The camera soars over mountain headwaters, dives into schools of salmon, and captures turbines grinding to a halt; as the largest dam removal project in history begins. The film features people and perspectives on all sides of the Elwha debate, reflecting the many voices of the Elwha valley.