With Food and Water Pollution, the 'Devil' is in the Details 

Though just 5 percent of Idaho's drinking water comes from surface sources like lakes, streams and rivers, much more makes its way into our food system through agriculture, which relies on surface water for irrigation. That dependence helped nudge the Treasure Valley Food Coalition's decision to screen The Devil We Know, a documentary revolving around DuPont's pollution of a West Virginia public water supply, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Red Feather Lounge in downtown Boise.

"We're not trying to make a direct transference to Idaho, but we're trying to stimulate a conversation about water everywhere, and obviously we want to talk about what's happening to water in Idaho," said Susan Medline, TVFC board treasurer.

Medline is particularly concerned about contamination issues related to the CuMo Project, a proposed open-pit mining exploration in Boise County. The project, which is on the cusp of gaining approval for exploratory drilling, is located near the headwaters of the Boise River and has sparked concern about contamination and other issues from environmental groups like the Idaho Conservation League and the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club. The U.S. Forest Service is accepting public comment on the latest facets of the project through Friday, Feb. 22.

"Clearly the reemergence of the CuMo mine is an important topic," said Medline.

The movie screening costs $36 per person, and includes both a locally sourced dinner and a drink from Red Feather, and a post-film discussion led by Conservation Voters of Idaho Program Associate Crystal Rain.

"It's an opportunity for people who may not be thinking about water issues to engage," Medline said.

Next month, TVFC will continue its Dinner and a Movie series with a conversation about farmers markets Tuesday, March 26.

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