Sept 30: AEC WATER Institute and Patagonia Films present: ARTIFISHAL Movie screening


We hope you can join us for a film screening of Patagonia’s new provoking film ARTIFISHAL at OAEC’s Meeting Hall on Monday September 30th!

ARTIFISHAL is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

OAEC’s WATER Institute is a long-time grant recipient of Patagonia for the unique value of our work to build watershed consciousness and promote creative solutions to restoring salmonids the Russian River basin and beyond. For the last decade, Patagonia has primarily supported our Bring Back the Beaver Campaign, acknowledging beaver as critical ally to restoring native salmon and riparian biodiversity across California.

We’re also excited to show this film as our next door neighbor, Sashwa Burrous, was a principle cinematographer for the film. Sashwa and the filmmaker Josh Murphy will join us, and Josh will do a Q&A with the audience after the film. OAEC’s WATER Institute co-Director Brock Dolman will give a rousing introduction to the film, providing context and connections to the decades of salmon restoration work here in the Russian River basin.

We expect this event to sell out and tickets will not be available at the door, so we encourage you to get tickets as soon as possible! Please reach out to OAEC’s Program Manager Cooper Freeman at with any questions about the evening.

Please feel free to forward to other interested folks.
We hope to see you there!

Monday September 30th
Doors at 6pm

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Meeting Hall
15290 Coleman Valley Rd.

Buy Tickets!
(Note: Tickets will NOT be available at the door.)

Proceeds benefit the OAEC WATER Institute’s Bring Back the Beaver Campaign.

July 24 Tech Session – Cannabis and Water

Laura and Ray Waldbaum will be making a presentation on Wednesday July 24 at 6:30pm for the Sonoma County Water Coalition Tech Session. All interested parties encouraged to attend. FREE! Location is Environmental Center 55A Ridgway Ave, Suite A, Santa Rosa (near College and Cleveland).

Laura explains why current cannabis regulations are not adequate to protect water supply and flows in rivers and streams. The presentation will present hydrologic concepts in layman’s terms and relate them to current ordinance requirements. Ray will answer technical questions related to geology and subsurface features.

Laura Waldbaum was a member of the now disbanded Cannabis Advisory Group and currently a member of the Hemp Working Group. She is an environmental activist and lives in the Mark West Watershed.