DamNation Documentary

DamNation is a documentary that takes a journey across America to explore the change from pride in big dams as “engineering wonders” to the realization of their impact on nature and the environment. It is a breathtakingly beautiful film featuring rivers and landscapes altered by dams, before, during, and after their removal, and the restoration of rivers to healthy and vibrant ecosystems for fish and wildlife.

While not directly related to garbology, this is a topic that might be of interest to you and your class. From a garbology perspective, the demand for electricity to fuel all the garbage we buy, and the energy it takes to make and manage it, could be an angle.

Another angle could be research into what happened to the damn after it was removed? Cement and construction materials are highly toxic. A destroyed dam is garbage. Where did it go? What did they do with it?

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