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©Photo by Shaun Van Steyn
Willamette Watershed Productions,
in cooperation with its East Coast Branch,
Virginia Village Productions,
is currently producing the following films.
Lowering Development Impact in Washington, D.C.
©Photo by David Eckert
Low Impact Development
techniques used in Washington, D.C.
to reduce stormwater runoff
to improve the quality of its waterways.
Commissioned by the
District of Columbia's Department of the Environment
through a U.S.E.P.A. grant
and in cooperation with the
Low Impact Development Center.
Harvesting Corvallis Rain
©Photo by Dave Eckert
the growing movement of rainwater harvesting
in Corvallis, Oregon.
This ancient technique of capturing and using rainwater became a lost art during most of the 20th Century.
Droughts, water quality degradation, global warming trends, impending peak oil and increased environmental
awareness have returned the art of collecting rainwater to human consciousness.
©Photo by Dave Eckert
the effects that our culture has had on an ancient stream and the effect our impact
has had on us.
Oak Creek springs out of Oregon State University's McDonald Forest, flows through farmland, suburban residential tracts,
under roads and through the University campus before it drains into the Marys River.
We have changed how the stream functions over the last 200 years and a new understanding of these changes is inspiring a new
approach in our culture to living with this ancient ecosystem.
©Photo by Barry Wulff
the regeneration of a classic American community
following the tradition
of the 19th Century
Village Improvement Society
The Village Improvement Society (VIS) movement (c. 1853-1925) swept across the U.S. without any national organization. It was based on loose principles of citizens taking personal responsibility to beautify front yards, parks, schools, and churches with trees, while improving the community culture with concerts and art. "The Middle Landscape" defined the community that bridged the built and natural environment. As a result, the American community went through a metamorphosis. Corvallis, Oregon was one of those communities with a VIS. They planted trees throughout the community and the State University. Today, those mature trees define Corvallis and the University as beautiful and well-loved. Citizen-based community tree-planting is making a come-back throughout the nation, and Corvallis, once again is embracing this principle.