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08/19/14 Video — Public Helps Restore Flows to Critically Depleted Rivers

It’s a sad truth that many major rivers – the blue arteries of the Earth – no longer reach the sea. Our demands for water – to drink, grow food, produce energy and make all manner of material things – have sapped streams of their flow and ecosystems of their vitality. The web of life, of which we are a part, is fraying. Length: 00:03:54

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04/25/14 Video — Working Together to Change the Course

Everybody prefers a healthy, flowing river to a dried-up river channel. But in many parts of the world, including much of the western United States, it sometimes appears like we have to dry up our rivers to grow the food we need – that we can’t have productive agriculture and healthy rivers side-by-side. Length: 00:00:37

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04/17/14 Video — BEF CEO Todd Reeve talks about Change the Course on TakePart Live

‘TakePart Live’ cohost Cara Santa Maria sits down with Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s CEO Todd Reeve to discuss the Colorado River’s unfortunate current state, water conservation, and the Change The Course campaign. Length: 00:02:17

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03/22/14 Video — Change the Course reaches out to Hollywood Goes Green

Christian McGuigan of Participant Media appears on Hollywood Goes Green to talk about the Change the Course campaign. Length: 00:01:46

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02/24/14 Video — In the Yampa River, Extra flow Makes for Happier Fish

Back in late June 2012, the Yampa River—a beautiful Colorado River tributary that runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado—was flowing at 5 percent of normal. Both the native whitefish population and the recreational trout fishery were threatened due to the river’s low levels of oxygen and its warmer temperatures. Length: 00:00:36

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02/24/14 Video — Help Return the Colorado to the Sea

Imagine if one day you couldn’t get home.  Your journey stopped short of where you were supposed to be. That’s the story of the iconic Colorado River, which sculpted the Grand Canyon and today sustains 30 million people, but now stops flowing 90 miles before reaching the sea, its final destination. Length: 00:00:43

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12/06/13 Video — Minnesota Young People “Change the Course” and Save 7 Million Gallons of Water

“When our planet was in trouble on our watch, we did something to help, we did something to change the course, because we could” – Christian McGuigan. In this video, Participant Media’s Christian McGuigan is seen making a passionate plea to young people to help “change the course” of the Earth’s water crisis at Me to We Day Minnesota. Length: 00:02:11

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12/05/13 Video — Smarter Irrigation Returns Water to Arizona’s Verde River

This video and associated blog post tell the story of restoration work completed on the Verde River in Arizona, a tributary of the Colorado River, and a Change the Course funded project. The project integrates an innovative partnership between farmers and the Nature Conservancy supported by funds from our Change the Course sponsors. Length: 00:05:39

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09/01/13 Video — Life Without Water is Awkward Part 1

PART 1 of 2 — Produced by Participant Media, this public service announcement is designed to engage  audiences in the Change the Course Campaign. Length: 00:00:31

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09/01/13 Video — Life Without Water is Awkward Part 2

PART 2 of 2 — Produced by Participant Media, this public service announcement is designed to engage  audiences in the Change the Course Campaign.

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6/15/13 Video — With Drought Looming, Colorado River Basin Needs Solutions

If early forecasts pan out, the Colorado River Basin could be in for yet another year of intense drought. On NOAA’s seasonal drought outlook map for mid-November to late February, the entire basin is shaded in dark brown, signaling the anticipated persistence of drought conditions through most of the winter.  That could again wreak havoc on recreation, fisheries, and businesses that depend on a hearty snowpack and healthy spring and summer river flows. Produced by National Geographic. Length: 00:05:23

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4/23/13 Video — Bringing New Life to the Colorado Delta’s Fisheries

For the fishing town of El Golfo on the Upper Gulf of California and the native Cucapá community of El Mayor in the river’s delta, the damming and diverting of the Colorado has brought traditional ways of life to the brink. Produced by National Geographic. Length: 00:03:15

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04/22/13 Video — Returning the Colorado River to the Sea

Once teeming with life and spanning some two million acres, the delta of the Colorado River ranked among the planet’s greatest desert deltas. Produced by National Geographic. Length: 00:04:52

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04/15/13 Video — Locals help restore the Colorado Delta

Once spanning over a million acres of verdant wetlands, the Colorado Delta has been transformed into dry cracked earth and salt flats. Now governments on both sides of the border, as well as Mexican environmental groups and local citizens, work to restore a portion of the delta to its former glory. Produced by National Geographic. Length: 00:03:44

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04/04/13 Video — CTC featured at the 2013 Me to We Day, Seattle

Participant Media’s Christian McGuigan promotes Change the Course to a stadium of millenials at the 2013 Me to We Day event in Seattle, WA. Sponsors can incorporate this inspiring video to inform their employees or stakeholders about their campaign involvement. Length: 00:05:37

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07/15/12 Video — Hope for Rivers During Drought

Many cities and farms took steps to cope in the summer of 2012 as the drought in the western United States deepened. During these tough periods, rivers often suffer, but an innovative water restoration project helped save fish—as well as jobs—along the Yampa River in Colorado. Produced by National Geographic. Length: 00:05:22

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Video: Innovation = Healthy Rivers

A profile of how the collective contribution of several brands helped kickstart three freshwater restoration projects in Colorado. 00:02:31

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Video: George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy Digester

Family dairy, located in Outlook, Washington, turns waste into watts. 00:04:56

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Video: Lime Wind Farm

“The Lime Wind project couldn’t have been completed without persistence and good partners like BEF. The sale of our RECs to BEF made the project financing pencil out, and showed our other partners that the project was viable.”—Randy Joseph, Owner, Lime Wind

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Video: Patu Wind Farm

Patu Wind Farm is a 10-Megawatt wind farm located on a family farm near Wasco in North Central Oregon. Patu is owned and run by brothers Ormand and Jeff Hilderbrand. This is their story. 00:10:30

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Video: Esquatzel Small Hydro Project

In 2011, Pat McDaniel, a semi-retired engineer and apple grower in Tri Cities, Washington, finished construction of a 1-Megawatt hydroelectric power plant near the Columbia River. This is his story. 00:05:33

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