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Students’ videos explore Carson River

Posted 2/1/2012

Film festival to feature projects from Carson watershed students

Winners of the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group’s "Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner" contest will be announced at the Carson River Film Festival 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Carson City Sheriff’s Building at 911 E. Musser St.

This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was postponed due to the Washoe Drive Fire.

"The students were very understanding when we cancelled the film festival during the Washoe Drive Fire," said coalition member and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension water quality specialist Sue Donaldson. "The room we had reserved for the festival was used as a command center during the blaze."

The student films that have been entered in the annual competition are available for viewing online at The public is invited to view the videos and vote to "like" their favorites.

A panel of judges has reviewed the entries and will announce the winners at the Feb. 22 festival, which is free and open to the public. Winners of the "Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner" competition will receive cash and other prizes and have their work shown at the film festival.

Students from schools located within the Carson River watershed were invited to enter this year’s competition, which is designed to spark creative messages about preserving, protecting and restoring the river and its sensitive shoreline.

The 1- to 3-minute information videos focus on how the Carson River benefits people and the community. All entries were required to include an "action" message that prompts people to take steps to help protect the river. The contest is sponsored by the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group.

"We’re excited to show off the entries from this year’s contest," Donaldson said. "We have some fresh approaches to issues on the Carson River."

Donaldson explained that riparian areas are sensitive ecosystems occurring along water courses or in water bodies. They have unique soil and plants, and work to store water in a way that helps reduce floods, stabilize streambanks from erosion, filter water for higher quality, provide habitat for birds, mammals and fish, and provide a place for recreation.

The working group includes the Audubon Society, Carson Water Subconservancy District, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and River Wranglers.

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