A New Film – The Merrimack: River at Risk

A NEW FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY – Broadcast premier on July 23rd!

The Merrimack River is the birthplace of the industrial revolution in America. Mills in cities like Manchester, New Hampshire and Lowell, Massachusetts were the largest manufacturing plants in the world in the 19th century. Like many rivers in America, the Merrimack was heavily polluted by the 1960’s, but due to the Clean Water Act, the Merrimack has been cleaned up considerably since then. Remarkably, more than 80% of the Merrimack watershed is still undeveloped and largely forested, yet in 2016 the river was named one of the most endangered rivers in the US by American Rivers. Since then, I have been working with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to produce a film that tells the Merrimack’s story and explains why the river is in trouble today. Almost four years later, I am happy to announce that the film will have its broadcast premier on NHPBS on Thursday, July 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

UPDATE: The film can now be watched in its entirety on YouTube and Vimeo.

For more info about conservation in the watershed, visit the Forest Society’s Merrimack Page.

The Merrimack: River at Risk – trailer. from Jerry Monkman on Vimeo.

Upcoming screenings:

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 8:00 p.m. – The film airs on New Hampshire PBS, Channel 11.1 (over-the-air),2/802 Comcast, YouTube TV and online at www.nhpbs.org/merrimackriver

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 9:00 p.m. – The film airs on New Hampshire PBS Explore Channel 11. 2 (over-the-air) and 11/801 (Comcast)

In the news:

June 27, 2020, Manchester Union Leader: https://www.unionleader.com/pbs-documentary-spotlights-merrimack-river/article_a852349b-c229-5958-b799-5288f3c55ae4.html

June 27, 2020, Nashua Telegraph (subscription required): https://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/granite-state/2020/06/27/documentary-to-air-in-july-on-the-merrimack-river/

July 6, 2020, Newburyport Daily News: https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/film-explores-merrimack-river-history-conservation-efforts/article_4681debd-59f8-527f-b37b-628b44b2ba75.html

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