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When a Town Runs Dry

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Description

When A Town Runs Dry documents life in a small town in California's Central Valley. A farming community for over a hundred years, Stratford is suffering from a drought that is severely impacting the community, land, and residents' daily lives.

This film explores the drought through the eyes of three of the town's residents—a farmer, a shopkeeper, and a high school football coach. All three men prepare for an uncertain future.

A lesson plan to help focus a discussion on the economic, social and environmental causes and consequences of prolonged drought accompanies the video.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

When a Town Runs Dry may be viewed as a case study in the larger issue of climate change or as part of units of study that examine resource management or human environmental interaction. 

The film is powerful in that it puts a human face on the issue of drought, while the accompanying lesson plan helps students understand the wider implications of what is happening in this small town and how we are connected to their story. 

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
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    • Food Security
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Rural Issues
  • Water (1)

    • Water Cycle