Screening of "The Merrimack: River at Risk"


A screening of the Forest Society's documentary film, The Merrimack River at Risk, will be hosted by the Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute of Saint Anselm College.

The screening will be followed by a talk and discussion led by Dave Anderson, Senior Director of Education at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Location: Melucci Auditorium of the Jean Center, Saint Anselm College,100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester

A poster advertising events as part of Saint Anselm College's "A River Runs Through Us Series" in fall 2021.



The Merrimack River is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. During the 19th century, mills in cities such as Manchester, New Hampshire, and Lowell, Massachusetts, harnessed the power of the river to become the largest manufacturing plants in the world. Like many rivers in America, the Merrimack was heavily polluted as a result of industrial growth. But, thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Merrimack has been cleaned up considerably over the last 50 years. Remarkably, more than 80 percent of the Merrimack watershed is still undeveloped and largely forested. However, in 2016, it was named one of the most endangered rivers in the United States by the nonprofit American Rivers. 

Hosted by conservationist and New Hampshire native Leah Hart, the documentary spotlights the threats the river and the watershed face now and in the future. From water treatment professionals to river guides to community builders, Hart interviews people who know what's at stake if towns and communities don’t work together to protect the river and the forests that surround it. It’s through these compelling interviews and Jerry Monkman’s visually stunning cinematography that viewers will come to appreciate the often forgotten resources the Merrimack provides thousands of people every day and why it’s so important to protect them.

Why is the Merrimack at risk? Can we save it? Find out by watching, The Merrimack: River at Risk!