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09-01-2015

Save The River & Clarkson University Present Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sept. 12

Save The River and Clarkson University are hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Clarkson's Student Center (#15 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf).

WSFFThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival is considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals. This year's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate story-telling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

The films chosen for showing at Clarkson focus on the impact water has on people all over the world and the importance of preserving and protecting clean water for future generations. This year's selections will take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, and instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Along with the films there will be a club and local non-profit fair with many local outing, conservation and environmental groups showcasing their work. Event sponsors Save The River and Clarkson University hope to engage, inspire and entertain a wide range of attendees, from high school students looking for possible courses of study in environmental science or technology fields to college student and adults looking for ways to participate in local organizations and make a difference in the River region.

Riverkeeper and Save The River Executive Director Lee Willbanks said, "We are blessed to have one of the world's most significant waterbodies, the St. Lawrence River right here, and have a number or premier colleges, universities, Clarkson among them, nearby. Partnering with Clarkson we hope to raise awareness of the need for fresh water and healthy waterbodies and the need to be vigilant in protecting them. We hope these films and this event inspire greater awareness about opportunities to be involved in local conservation efforts."

Save The River is a member-based organization representing over 6,000 individuals, followers and supporters who live, work and play along the St. Lawrence River. It works to keep the river swimmable, fishable and drinkable through advocacy, education and research.

Clarkson University is an independent, nationally recognized technological university whose faculty of teacher-scholars aspires to offer superior instruction and engage in high-quality research and scholarship in engineering, business, science, health and liberal arts.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is sponsored by Potsdam Collegiate Village and Northern Lights Energy Inc. and funded in part by the Northern New York Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council.  The generous support from members and sponsors makes Save The River's advocacy, education and outreach work on the Upper St. Lawrence River possible. To learn more, please visit www.savetheriver.org.

For further information please contact Lindsey Leve at Lindsey@savetheriver.org.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://clarkson.edu/news/photos/wsff-2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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