Goose Creek runs 54 miles from Northern Fauquier near Linden to the Potomac River near Leesburg. The 10-minute film reviews the stream’s history and threats to its water quality.
Goose Creek, a documentary film depicting the benefits, challenges, and natural resilience of the 54-mile long aquatic artery of northern Fauquier and western Loudoun counties, has won the Grand Prize in the 2021 Virginia Environmental Film Festival.
Narrated by Bettina Gregory, Goose Creek takes a sweeping view of the history, the habitat and threats to an important watershed in Virginia and a state designated, “Scenic River.”
“In less than 10 minutes, viewers tour Goose Creek from its headwaters near the Blue Ridge to its mouth at the Potomac,” said Lori Keenan McGuinness, co-chair of the Goose Creek Association which produced the film in association with Lincoln Studios.
Along the way, viewers meet the Native Americans, first settlers, and paragons of the nation’s history – George Washington, James Monroe, John Marshall. Bitterly contested during the Civil War, Goose Creek also led enslaved African-Americans to freedom.
“Water is the life blood of civilization and there is no artificial substitute for it. Thousands of residents, small businesses and farms depend on its purity and abundance,” Ms. McGuinness said in a press release. “The river feeds a portion of the ground water tapped by wells and captured in reservoirs that sustain our communities.”
Development, run-off from excessive fertilization and dumping of trash threatened the river's water quality, she said. The documentary shows members of the Goose Creek Association protecting the stream by planting trees to filter pollution, measuring water quality, collecting litter, and testifying on the adverse impacts of development before county commissions.
“Partnerships with towns and villages, schools, state and federal agencies, and other conservation groups, and support from private citizens have been instrumental in protecting and preserving the environment and quality of life in the watershed,” Ms. McGuinness said.
“For more than 50 years, members of the Goose Creek Association have been effective stewards of the watershed,” she added. “This year we are embarking on our second half-century.”
Founded in 2008, the Virginia Environmental Film Festival showcases short documentaries that raise public awareness of issues that jeopardize the natural resources on which people of the Virginia depend.