The Cheat River poster

The Cheat’s Revival

Directed by:

David Smith





The Cheat River has a storied history. Not so long ago, the river ran orange for miles at a time from acid mine drainage, but revitalization efforts have brought the waters back to life, both literally and figuratively. The once-dead river now supports an aquatic ecosystem that draws in anglers from around the region and world-class conditions that whitewater rafters, kayakers and squirt boaters enjoy. This 360-degree video takes viewers on the Cheat, as well as below the water and high above, to tell the story of how the Cheat’s revival is impacting people in the region.

The Cheat River poster