The Cranes

    Every spring, 80% of the world’s Sandhill cranes stop in central Nebraska as they migrate north to their summer home. They arrive as early as Valentines Day and remain in the area for five to six weeks. This traditional timepiece has taken place for millions of years. The Platte River, which runs west …

Hearings and Hope at the Capitol

Hearings about the river’s water are held in the State Capitol.   Through the expansive hallways and cavernous foyer we find — a hearings room, packed with stakeholders of the river. We intercut these testimonies throughout the main story. Meanwhile, an unused water fountain waits around the corner from the hearings — as our dishonest characters plan …

Farms and Ranches

  There are many farms and ranches in Nebraska. All of them need lots of WATER. While most of them are fed by groundwater, they too are stakeholders of the river. Corn is the primary crop but a thirsty plant. It’s end-use is vast, going well beyond a cob of corn for humans. Soybeans are eaten …

The Dam and Lakes

Water from the North Platte River forms the largest lake in Nebraska.  In summer, there is a busy world of outdoor recreation. The lake is created by an earthen dam—engineered to provide hydropower and irrigation—downstream. Despite any bad press you might hear about dams, there are many positive things going on here. We will visit in …

Small Town Nebraska USA

Nebraska small towns are a welcome relief from the too-fast drive of Interstate 80. Many of them have a classic main street, an original movie theater, and plenty of friendly people. They too need the resource of the river. We will capture the architecture of agriculture and the spirit of small town Nebraska USA.