A serious plea for the Copper River

Posted on 16th August 2009 by admin in River Blog

Dear River Friends,

The Global Rivers Art Project team, sponsored by Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, came home from Alaska with a heavy heart. We discovered news of a clear and present danger to the immense 700,000-acre Copper River Watershed, in southeastern Alaska. This is the area that had been devastated by the huge oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, in March of 1989.

The Alaskan Oil Pipeline lies both next to, and within, this water system for 20% of its course to Prince William Sound. The problem: The metal pipes constructed to transport the heated crude oil, under pressure, are (in 2009) 33 years old, while the planned lifetime for these pipes is only 30 years long. Leaks have already happened, and if a big spill were to take place, it could destroy the water system and ecology of that entire region.

The Global Rivers Art Project is working with Kristen Smith, Director of The Copper River Watershed Project: www.copperriver.org Kristen educated our group about the gravity of this situation. As a result of our having been informed of this potentially dire situation, we at Global Rivers Art are taking this on as a major cause.

A group of 25 paintings from The Global River Art Project collection are now at the Valdez Museum, in Valdez, Alaska. The show is due to open on Sept 15th, and will close on November 7th of this year. After that, the collection will go to Tennessee for a show at Martin Methodist College. It will be on display there until January 15th, when it will travel back to Cordova, in the spring of 2010. That summer, it is slated to travel to Mexico City, in support of the Rio Magdalena – the last living (un-dammed) river of Mexico City.


  1. I can’t believe these companies are so irresponsible. You never hear about these kind of things till people like you bring it to the light of day. And to think there are people in the government that want to drill off shore. I know they say today’s technology is more secure but there is always a weak point in the chain that they never talk about.

    I’m so glad that you and the other artist are focused on this problem, I’ll do what I can to help even know I’m not much of an artist. I’ll send you my email.

    Garry S.

    Comment by Gary — September 1, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  2. Hello Gary,
    It seems like it is up to us concerned citizens to fight for the life of our waters. Thanks so much for your comment.

    Comment by admin — September 2, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

  3. This is a very worthy cause that not many people know about, but hopefully through the hard work of those involved, other people will become aware of the problem in the water systems throughout the world and will be inspired to come forward, take a stance, and help in the rescue and restoration of our waters around the world.

    Comment by Olivia Lovvo — September 3, 2009 @ 1:55 am

  4. Olivia,
    It’s people like you who make change happen Thankyou

    Comment by admin — September 3, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  5. I think this is a great project and I hope it will bring about the needed change!

    Comment by Paisley G. — September 3, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

  6. Ditto, Paisley thanks for the encouragement

    Comment by admin — September 3, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

  7. Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

    Comment by information technology — November 8, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

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