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Guardians of Our Troubled Waters

September 10, 2019 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The Transylvania County Library presents Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, a David Weintraub/Center for Cultural Preservation production, in the Rogow Room on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 pm for this 75-minute film.
What if we could smell our local rivers long before we could see them?  What if our legacy was dead streams, poisonous water and a dying ecosystem?  This was the story of our community not very long ago.  Mark Twain remarked that many of the rivers he observed were “too thin to plow but too thick to drink” and that describes the French Broad River, the Pigeon, the Swannanoa, the Mills and the Green and many other regional waterways.

Industry brought better paying jobs to our community but they also brought in pollution so toxic that it killed the fish and other animals, and in some cases, the communities cancer rates were off the charts.  Many people grew up believing that all rivers were supposed to be brown and smelly and distasteful.  But enter the River Heroes who said NO to these destruction.  People like Wilma Dykeman in Western North Carolina, the Upper French Broad Defense Association in North Carolina, the Dead Pigeon River Council in Tennessee and Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida.

Their passion, their activism and their call to save our waterways awoke our communities to the need for river stewardship.  Their call still echoes today in the environmental efforts, land conservancies, river keepers, green businesses and engaged communities who are working to be the stewards nature is asking us to be. 

This free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  For additional information contact Marcy at 828-884-1820 or [email protected]



September 10, 2019
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm


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