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Motlow College COR Club to host documentary film viewing and Savage Gulf hike

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Members of the Motlow College Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Club are hosting a viewing of the documentary Living Downstream and hosting a hike in the Savage Gulf as part of its Earth Day weekend activities, according to Kevin Fitch, an assistant professor of biology and club sponsor at Motlow’s Smyrna Center.

The documentary will be shown at 10 a.m. on April 19 in Eoff Hall on Motlow’s Moore County campus, and the hike will begin at 9 a.m. on April 20. The film is based on the book of the same title by Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an ecologist and cancer survivor.

The public is invited to both events, said Grady Wells, a biology instructor and Moore County campus COR Club sponsor.

“Living Downstream” includes cameo appearances by several toxicology and cancer research experts who share information about two chemicals — the herbicide atrazine and the industrial compounds polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The film was produced by the People’s Picture Co. Inc.

“This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links,” according to the Living Downstream website at “After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.”

Those going on the 5-to-6-mile hike should meet at the Collins Gulf Trail Head in the Savage Gulf Natural Area. Each hiker must sign a hold harmless agreement and needs to bring a lunch, rain jacket, and at least two quarts of water. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes with good traction and ankle support, and may bring hiking poles if desired. Fitch said hikers may want to bring a camera also.

Savage Gulf is located in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. For more information and/or directions, visit the website at <>.