Documentary Film in the Making

Following Deer Creek is a story-based study of the Deer Creek Watershed in Nevada County, California.

Subjects: flora, fauna, history, geology, and geography.

Blog posts and articles are published here as research is conducted.

A portion of sales from graphic designs and art pieces, created for most subjects, contributes to a fund that will be used for documentary production.


Plate tectonics created the Smartville Block, ancient uplifted ocean floor and hard granite, that comprises much of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Approximately 7,000 Native People lived in the territory before the Gold Rush lured white men and an array of multicultural immigrants.

During the Victorian era with strict social rules, newcomers actualized an atmosphere where personal failure and reinvention were acceptable. Ingenuity, invention, the attitude that only ‘civilized’ people had rights to the land, and the quest to get rich resulted in long-term environmental damage that is an on-going concern in the present day.

The twentieth century saw more changes. Further development of water rights, the narrow-gauge railroad, farming, forestry, building the freeway, and several large-scale planned communities contributed to the watershed community we now recognize.

More Creek Information

Deer Creek’s water quality analysis test results between 2000-2014 | Sierra Streams Institute

Nisenan Tribal Members Collect Scientific Data to Restore Land (2017)

Historic Pine Street Bridges and businesses.

Bridges over Deer Creek