Our Mission

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, roughly 50 percent of the nation's 250,000 rivers are too polluted for swimming or fishing. Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers investigates the threats to these vital bodies of water and explores some of the compelling restoration efforts occurring in communities across the continent. The mission of Changing Currents is to raise awareness, encourage environmental stewardship, and advocate for increased public dialogue about effective river protection efforts.


  • Award of Merit in the Documentary Short, Use of Film / Video for Social Change, Original Score, Editing, and Title/Credit Design categories from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Award of Merit Special Mention in the Nature / Environment / Wildlife category from the Accolade Competition of Southern California.
  • Award of Honors in the Campaigns - Non-Profit/Public Affairs category from the Mercury Awards.
  • First Place Grand Prize Award in the long-form documentary category from the National Broadcasting Society (NBS-aeRho).
  • Mark of Excellence Finalist in the in-depth reporting category from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 10.
  • Nominated for a 2017 College Division Emmy Award in the long-form documentary category by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

About MediaLab

MediaLab is an award–winning, applied research and media production organization housed within the Center for Media Studies at Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication. MediaLab students work on projects across the media spectrum, including market research, photography, graphic design, web design, writing, video, public relations, event planning, filmmaking and more.