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Copper River Journey

From: Guy Hand
Length: 14:04

A journey down Alaska's magnificent Copper River

Coppersunrise_small (Description and suggested intro) There are few places left in world as richly endowed as Alaska's Copper River. A watershed bordered by glaciers, the river's delta forms the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific coast of North America. Every spring it's skies grow dark with the returning of sixteen million shorebirds and waterfowl. And the river's tributaries welcome the first of over two million wild salmon. Producer Guy Hand takes a six day raft trip down the Copper and discovers that facts and figures amount to only a fraction of this river's story.

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(Description and suggested intro) There are few places left in world as richly endowed as Alaska's Copper River. A watershed bordered by glaciers, the river's delta forms the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific coast of North America. Every spring it's skies grow dark with the returning of sixteen million shorebirds and waterfowl. And the river's tributaries welcome the first of over two million wild salmon. Producer Guy Hand takes a six day raft trip down the Copper and discovers that facts and figures amount to only a fraction of this river's story.

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The telling of this river trip skillfully winds through information on the environment, development threats, and the poignant knowledge that this is near where the Exxon Valdez ran aground. We’re given the personalities of the rafting group and of the river itself, brought close-in to the richness of the experience. The producer confesses his fear of what he aptly calls eco-mysticism, but even if you feel the piece veers toward those shores, the joy and wonder of the rafters grabs you. And I ask, who can resist the sound of rushing water? sl