Not only is Jacques an award-winning author and journalist, he is also an important humanitarian and environmentalist. He has won numerous awards for his nonfiction and has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his foreign correspondence (Vietnam and India) in 1972 and ’75, respectively. Jacques tells the story of how he began his career in journalism, and through his foreign correspondence became a champion for human rights and the environment. Jacque is an award winning journalist and author of Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment.   

John Amodio, founding Executive Director of the Tuolumne River Trust, speaks about the battle to save the Tuolumne River in the Central Valley foothills of California.  The battle was waged after the Stanislaus River fell to dam developers and the Tuolumne was the next target of a $1 billion dam complex. A new approach with diverse allies would be important. John shares the approach that saved the Tuolumne River.

Alan Potkin, Ph.D., shares a story about his work in Southeast Asia, including his experience in Thailand with the Pak Mun Dam. Alan is Team Leader for the Digital Conservation Facility at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. He describes the benefits of archiving important cultural resources in the event of new water projects.

Fiercely determined to protect his family's ranch and the ancestral lands of neighboring Native American ranchers from being inundated by one of the largest dam projects ever proposed in California, Richard Wilson found himself at the center of the Dos Rios dam controversy. Richard's story tells about how this proposal and his fight awakened his inner warrior as he successfully fought off the Dos Rios dam.

Watch this eye-opener about the proliferation of dams worldwide and the threats they pose to fresh water ecosystems. Greg Thomas talks about his experience with dams in China and worldwide, and what can be done to protect the downstream freshwater resources.

No love was greater than Mark's love for the Stanislaus River. When the river was threatened with a dam, Mark was driven to chain himself to a rock to keep the river from being flooded. His epic battle was lost, but he continued to fight for California rivers with greater success.