New Film Marks 40th Anniversary of the Protests Sparked by Point Pleasant Water Project

Activist Abbie Hoffman in the middle of a protest
Image via Hal Marcovitz.
The documentary will include various figures involved in the protest, including famed activist Abbie Hoffman.

An upcoming documentary will revisit one of the most contentious and groundbreaking protests ever to have occurred in Bucks County.

The film, titled “Uprising Along the Delaware: How the Point Pleasant Water Project United Thousands in Civil Disobedience”, tells the story of the protests that erupted as work commenced on the massive water supply project. The film will premiere at 1 PM on Sept. 17 at the County Theater, located at 20 East State Street in Doylestown.

The Point Pleasant water project, originally planned in the 1960s, was designed to draw some 95 million gallons a day from the Delaware River to relieve drought conditions in Bucks and Montgomery counties and supply supplemental cooling water to the planned Limerick nuclear power plant near Pottstown in Montgomery County. Work on the project finally commenced in early 1983.

Among those at the protest was famed activist Abbie Hoffman, who himself died in the area of Solebury Township in 1989.

The film was produced by Lanny Morgnanesi, the former editor of the Doylestown Intelligencer and director of communications at Delaware Valley University.

Admission is free for members of the County Theater and $5 for members of the public.

Learn more about the film at The County Theater.


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