Pacific Rivers Storytelling program Holding our Government and legislation accountable for our environmental rights through media content transparency

About our Storytelling

We believe that stories can engage, inform, and move people to action – Engaging people through storytelling is crucial to helping citizens sort through the bombardment of information they are flooded with in the digital age. We seek to build stories that not only provide accurate information, but also speak truth to the human condition that far too often is ignored in debates regarding conservation.

We are planning to expand our storytelling and public engagement efforts this year and would like to further establish Pacific Rivers’ credentials as storytellers by building a permanent program dedicated to expanding public engagement through video, photographs, online and print media, social media and public events.

Oregon clear cuts in a drinking watershed

Our Goals and Objectives:

The primary purpose of Pacific Rivers’ storytelling work is to engage, educate and expand an audience on issues that impact water quality and quantity, native fish, human health, and the economic costs and benefits of conservation. Due to economic hardship in many rural communities and increasing political polarization, we believe it is essential to engage people with accurate information and an earnest desire to forge common ground. Furthermore, we believe that future conservation will require compromise. Thus, the purpose of our storytelling project is to build a foundation that breaks the gridlock of polarization and builds a middle ground.

Over the next year, Pacific Rivers plans to produce a series of vignettes with filmmaker Shane Anderson, which will focus on some of the most vexing environmental issues that impact water resources.

Our goal is to utilize our latest feature film " A River's Last Chance" for outreach on a film tour, festivals and gain distribution. We will also complete 2-4 new short films that can be presented and promoted online and distributed through our website, social media, earned media, and public events.


Under the Trump administration freshwater ecosystems are at a grave risk. Public Lands, The Endangered Species Act, Stream protections, Recovery funding, and the very science that safeguards our public trust resources are all on the chopping block. Undermining the life support systems we all rely on.

Through current videos we will bring to light some of the most important and timely issues to act on.

Protecting Public lands that protect our rivers
Shane Anderson: Director of Pacific River's storytelling in the field filming " A River's Last Chance"

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