A River's Last Chance

A River's Last Chance

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  • Shane Anderson

A story of salmon, timber, weed, and wine along California's Eel River.

A River's Last Chance explores the legacy of California's Eel River and the search for an economic and ecologic balance.

The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast. The river and salmon have weathered decades of over fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods and droughts, a hydro-power dam that diverts water out of basin.

Today the Eel's recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s underground multi-billion-dollar cannabis economy and the multi-billion-dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino.

This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a rivers recovery and economic future.

Photo courtesy of Shane Anderson for Willamette Week

Past Programs


Sustaining the rivers that sustain us

Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, OR