Dump The Pump: Looking Back At The Rallying Cry That Inspired Years Of Protest At The Point Pleasant Water Project

Local journalist Lanny Morgnanesi’s film, Uprising Along The Delaware, provides a unique perspective of an environmental movement in Bucks County to protect the Delaware River.

Uprising Along The Delaware, a film that transports viewers to a Bucks County environmental saga in Point Pleasant during the early 1980s, will debut on Sunday, September 17 at the County Theater in Doylestown at 1 p.m.

Produced by Lanny Morgnanesi, whose journalistic career has traversed from executive editor of The Intelligencer to Director of Campaign and Advancement Communications at Delaware Valley University, the documentary examines the many aspects of a historic period of public activism in Bucks County.

The $42 million dollar water pump project that ignited years of demonstrations was engineered to service the Limerick nuclear power plant, along with homes and businesses in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, by extracting 95 million gallons of water a day from the Delaware River.

Thousands of activists including landowners, politicians, anti-nuclear advocates, fisherman and even 1960s anti-war activist Abbie Hoffman, many who incorporated as the not-for-profit Del-AWARE, took to protesting the pipeline and its sponsor, Philadelphia Electric Company.

From influencing local government to deny the issuance of building permits, to the filing of lawsuits and even sleep-ins at the Bucks County Courthouse, protestors were frequently arrested but not deterred from actively implementing every possible stumbling block to halt the pump’s construction.

A question and answer with filmmaker Lanny Morgnanesi, along with local journalist and author Hal Marcovitz, former Bucks County Commissioner Andy Warren, and members of Del-AWARE will take place at the theater following the screening.

The County Theater is located at 20 East State Street in Doylestown and tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

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Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Reporter. An avid collector of all things vintage, she resides in the Philadelphia area.

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