This film centers on the proposal to build a flood control dam on the Richelieu River above the Lake in Canada. Flooding there has caused over $1.3 million in damage annually, about 70% of which is to Canadian property. Homes on the flood plain in the St. Jean, Quebec area are particularly hard hit. The film reports that there are serious doubts whether any of the flood control proposals before the International Joint Commission will prevent damage in an unusually high water year. It raises the questions of whether it may not be less costly to buy back land from homeowners and speculators than to build a dam, and whether governments are in fact responsible when people choose to build on flood plains. The film will be followed by a discussion among experts in the studio representing both the Canadian and U.S. positions. Panelists include: Dr. Carl Reidel, Moderator, Director of the Environmental program at the University of Vermont; Mark Lapping Land Use Planner on faculty of the State College at Johnson Vermont; Al Cassell, Engineer and Director of Water Resources Research at the University of Vermont; Richard Beach, Cultural Geographer, State University of New York at Plattsburg and citizen of Quebec.
Funded in part from a grant from the Vermont Council on the Humanities and Public Issues.