Documentary spotlights the Valley's water problems and solutions

Courtesy: The Chronicles Group

A soon to be released documentary focuses on Valley agriculture and the need for an upgraded water system in California. The man behind the project Jim Thebaut considers it the most unique documentary he's ever produced.

"Beyond the Brink" is a documentary that spotlights the Valley and the lack of surface water in dry years. Thebaut wants people to know that the Valley is the world's food basket. "If you're eating a salad in any place in the country more than likely you're eating food that was grown in California and the San Joaquin Valley."

Thebaut says the film examines solutions and technologies currently being used or considered in modern-day agriculture. He interviews farmers, people from the science community, water policy makers and California's Secretary of Agriculture about water infrastructure. "The system is archaic. It's obsolete and we need to completely rehabilitate the whole system."

Thebaut says the documentary is a message to lawmakers about ever-increasing difficulties for farmers due to the drought and water scarcity. "I'm hopeful as a result of this effort the California state legislature will take a new look at the importance of this and not take the Valley for granted or our water system for granted." He also looks into what he calls third world conditions for some Valley communities that have bad water or none at all.

The screening for "Beyond the Brink" will be held Tuesday night November 14th at the Fox Theatre in Visalia. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. and the screening begins at 6:30 P.M. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

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