Post 53 in a series. When Green Turns Brown is an examination of a small town’s digester-energy project, in which Whitewater, Wisconsin would import other cities’ waste, claiming that the result would be both profitable and green.

When Green Turns Brown has been, and for while more will be, a mostly written account. That’s understandable: I’m a blogger – I write. At this stage, the project is a series of posts, sometimes with questions, sometimes with short, simple video clips.

So far, it’s been a seed, or perhaps no more than a sapling. Some trees grow slowly – there’s more writing to do, and I have the luxuries of time and patience.

Yet, I’ve also the good fortune of advice from others, inside and outside the city, who are talented about film and video. Where I have done little more than a simple clip here or there, they can offer the instruction, guidance, and assistance to do so much more.

Traditional print’s dying, but electronic media are thriving. Even older forms have a new life through digital media.

When this phase of When Green Turns Brown begins, I’ll also give those who’ve offered so many claims on behalf of a digester-energy project for Whitewater (and have already generously supplied me with so many on-camera remarks useful to a wider audience) a chance to speak more about what they claim to know on the project’s behalf.

See, along these lines, When Did Eco Documentaries Get So Slick? @ Bloomberg News, about Louie Psihoyos’s Racing Extinction.

What’s now a written work will become more. A good part of that effort will include comparing how cities have addressed proposals like this local one – the contrast is striking.(There’s an odd way in which Whitewater’s city manager and wastewater superintendent speak about the local project with evident ignorance or indifference to other communities’ experiences.)

But there’s reading and review ahead, of Whitewater officials’ remarks on the project, of questions compiled, of public documents unpublished, of a new website to launch, and continuing visits to other communities.

One works methodically and patiently.


Originally published 12.28.15 @ FREE WHITEWATER.