Thursday, April 12, 2012

History Museum promotes Ohio rivers documentary film

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is hosting a screening of the newly released "Call of the Scenic River: An Ohio Journey" at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, 7 p.m., April 26.

A featured member of those interviewed is Jim Bissell, the museum's curator of botany.

"Call of the Scenic River: An Ohio Journey" is the story of Ohio’s most natural waterways, told by those who appreciate their splendor and work to protect and preserve them for future generations

 Few people realize that Ohio was the first state to pass a scenic rivers act in March 1968. Ohio’s program continues to lead river conservation efforts because of its respect for private property, commitment to designating the most ecologically intact systems, and popular volunteer opportunities.

Released during the 40th anniversary year of the Clean Water Act, this film follows Ohio filmmaker Tom Mayor’s journey as he experiences Ohio’s scenic rivers and learns firsthand about nonpoint-source pollution and the ecological and economic impacts of water quality.

This movie screening is being presented by the Natural Areas Division of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Museum's Natural Areas Program, which protects land along the wild-and-scenic-designated portions of the Grand River, Chagrin River, Conneaut Creek and Ashtabula River. 

For more information about the Museum's conservation work, visit 
Tickets are $6 per person and will be available at the door of the Capitol Theatre or on its website:

Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Twitter: @Fieldkorn

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