Powering a Nation investigates the political, economic and scientific tensions behind U.S. energy use through advanced reporting. It seeks to engage citizens and inspire informed decision-making.
Our 2013 Fellows present a Powering a Nation special report, “Over Water Under Fire.”
This is a story of the Colorado River, how we change the river and how the river changes us. The interactive documentary, “Over Water Under Fire,” combines a video narrative with motion graphics and text to present the Colorado river as a living timeline of our nation’s innovations and exploitations with water. Its uncertain future echoes the precarious state of water resources in this country.
The graphics and text pieces focus on how humans have physically altered the environment along the river in response to limited water resources, how the river has responded to those changes and what choices the country will have to make in the future.
This narrative arc is integrated with a video story on Special Ops veterans who come back from battle zones with PTSD and raft the river as a means of therapy. These veterans emphasize the human connection to water resources and the river's ability to heal and renew.
View the full interactive documentary at overwaterunderfire.org
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