The Wabash, priorities in conflict

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Lines, Scott A.
Mortensen, Charles O.
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This creative project has taken the form of a 16 millimeter color documentary film that analyzed the proposed alteration of a major natural resource in Indiana; i.e., the Wabash River. The agency responsible for studying the proposed alteration was the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, which was acting in response to Congressional authorization.The film analyzed the proposed alteration, known as Wabash Navigation, from the perspectives of history, ecology, economics, and philosophy; differing world views inherent in the global ecological crisis were found to exist in the values of waterway advocates and opponents.The Corps of Engineers found this particular project to be non-feasible. However, the historical and philosophical point is made that non-feasibility does not mean that efforts to promote the waterway would necessarily be dropped. Viewers are asked to analyze the issue from the various perspectives represented in the film and formulate their own opinions.