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Water for the Prairies

Water for the Prairies

| 18 min

This 1950s' film looks at the measures to preserve water flow from the Rocky Mountains. With the steady falling of the water table, the exploitation of timber stands and the recession of glaciers, water conservation was an urgent concern of the Alberta and federal governments.

  • director
    Lawrence Cherry
  • photography
    Lawrence Cherry
  • producer
    Evelyn Cherry
    Lawrence Cherry
  • script
    Jack Ammon
    Evelyn Cherry
  • editing
    Victor Jobin
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn


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Ages 6 to 14

Geography - Environmental Issues
Geography - Natural Resources
Geography - Territory: Regional
Science - Environmental Science
Science - Life Systems/Ecology

This film reveals that the water shortages in the Prairies began at the foothills of the Rockies in Vancouver. With this in mind, discuss with students how their individual actions might affect the global community. Read the poem, "All Day I Hear the Noises of Waters" by James Joyce. Write a poem using water as a simile or metaphor.

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