Which river? The Klamath River basin (KRB) of Oregon-California. There has been a lot of work done there to resolve a lot of acrimony.
I served on the last NRC Klamath basin committee about 8 or so years ago. That committee dealt mainly with scientific issues: Klamath River natural flows and instream flow studies. Here is the committee report.
Todd's review: Download A_river_between_us_review_2015
Here is a link to the trailer.
The first few paragraphs of his excellent, thorough, review (4.5/5.0 stars):
The highly anticipated newest addition to the Oregon water movie portfolio is making its way downstream to the public. A River Between Us was profiled in The Oregonian and shared with a private audience in late February. But the general public recently had a chance to view at the Ashland Film Festival held in late April, and most recently at the Cinema Pacific Film Festival held in Eugene on May 3.
Despite a sunny and warm day on the University of Oregon campus, approximately 50 to 60 sun-deprived souls purchased tickets to not only see the 90-minute movie, but also participate in a 90-minute panel discussion with the filmmakers and faculty at the University of Oregon Law School. A River Between Us is not the first documentary on the Klamath River situation. Battle for the Klamath was released in 2005 with a comparable theme of environmentalists and tribes fighting small farms and the Bush Administration. River of Renewal released in 2008 portrays the collapse of wild salmon populations and the civil disobedience for access to fisheries. What sets A River Between Us apart from comparable videos made over the past 10 years is one of the filmmaker’s direct connections to the Klamath Basin.
Jason Atkinson served in the Oregon State Senate for 14 years representing the Klamath Basin before taking a sabbatical from public life to co-produce A River Between Us. As a third generation Oregonian, Jason has lived on the front lines of “combat hydrology” for his entire life. It is clear from his story that, “If you heal people, they will heal the river.” His stated goals for investing over 18 months of his life in filmmaking are to make a movie for those who take a subway to work, referencing the fact the project is located far from the urban cities and lifestyles—places that make any reference to the Klamath River sound like it is located beyond the United States. Unlike previous films focusing on the Klamath basin, his goals are to set out and change culture, that there are lots of stereotypes to break, and that the situation is very political, not just the fodder between Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and farmers, tribes and local, state, and federal governments, but from the fact that restoring the Klamath River will require the full force of the US Government to undertake the largest restoration project in the nation, and maybe in the world. (Continued - see the PDF Download A_river_between_us_review_2015)
I had not heard of the movie and it seems few others have as well. As far as I can discern, showings are ticketed ($) events. There's nothing wrong with that; Todd related that at the screening he attended, it was mentioned that $40,000 is still owed to some of the investors.
The emerging groundwater conflict in the KRB was not mentioned.
As Todd and the film noted, not everything is copacetic. The big unknown in the Klamath Basin is the support from the Federal government. The best estimate is that $300M - $400M (down from an initial $800M) is needed to keep all parties on board. Without that cash, I'm unsure the cooperation and good feelings will persist.
I hope to see the film soon.
“No party has benefited from duking it out.” - one of the players in the movie