Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  59 minutes
Date:  1988
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Water quality for major southwest cities is threatened by mining, acid rain, urbanization.


DOWNWIND/DOWNSTREAM documents the serious threat to water quality, sub-alpine ecosystems, and public health in the Colorado Rockies from mining operations, acid rain, and urbanization.
10,000 abandoned mines in the high country, plus thousands of acres covered with wastes from such huge operations as the Climax molybdenum mine, release a steady stream of toxic heavy metals into the headwaters of the Western water supply -- water on which cities as far apart as El Paso, Phoenix, Denver, and Los Angeles depend.
Acid rain and snow leach additional metals from mountain soils and threaten aquatic ecosystems and forests. Together, these problems also represent a potent threat to the $10 billion Western tourism industry. The time for action is now!

'A powerful reminder that we share a limited environment with other humans and other life forms and that we will be ecologically and ethically accountable for thoughtless conduct. The film is a superb tool for teaching modern environmentalism.' Roderick Nash, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara


Blue Ribbon, American Film and Video Festival
Gold Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival
Best of Festival/Polaris Award, National Council for Geographic Education
CINE Golden Eagle
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Gold Medal, International Film and TV Festival of New York
Special Jury Award, Telluride MountainFilm Festival
Editor's Choice, Booklist
Editor's Choice, Science Books and Films


Main credits

McLeod, Christopher (film producer)
McLeod, Christopher (screenwriter)
McLeod, Christopher (film director)
McLeod, Christopher (cinematographer)
McLeod, Christopher (editor of moving image work)
Lewis, Robert (film producer)
Coyote, Peter (narrator)

Other credits

Cinematography, John Knoop, Christopher McLeod; edited by Christopher McLeod; music by Ray Lynch, Dan Fogelberg, Brian Eno and Kate Wolf.

Distributor credits

Robert Lewis and Christopher McLeod

Christopher McLeod

Robert Lewis and Christopher McLeod
Christopher McLeod
in association with Environmental Research Group, Aspen
Narrated by Peter Coyote

Docuseek2 subjects

Toxic Chemicals
Urban Studies
The American West
American Studies
Public Health
Local Economies
Resource Planning and Management
Environmental Health
Environmental Anthropology
Environmental History
American (U.S.) Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Environmental Ethics
Local Economies
Toxic Chemicals
Urban and Regional Planning
Western US


water quality, southwest, mining, acid rain, urbanization,; toxic pollution; "Downwind/Downstream"; Bullfrog Films

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