Troubled Waters


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Rivers meander through the lives of everyone. They are tarnished gems in our natural landscapes. They are at the heart of human development.

“Troubled Waters” explores what rivers want to do and what humans want to do with them. It calls attention to the needs of rivers and the cumulative effect humans have had on these waters. The video begins a dialogue about the issues challenging water systems. Filmed entirely in Iowa, we hope that "Troubled Waters" will inspire a greater appreciation for rivers, increasing our awareness of their importance and our interwoven relationships with them.

2010 Iowa Motion Picture Association Award Winner

Award of Excellence for Educational Production
Award of Excellence for Original Music Score
Award of Excellence for Script

Additional Resources

Enhanced Learning Activities for "A Culture of Conservation" video series (Grades 6-12)
Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills for Troubled Waters
Next Generation Science Standards for Troubled Waters