About Waterworn

Landscape photo of an overcast and rocky beach in Vlieland, Netherlands.

The goal of Waterworn is to inspire thought about human interaction with our environments, and the adaptability of people. As our environments that we have known for generations begin to change, we change with them or we risk complete loss. The purpose of this film is to explore where the line of human intervention is drawn, and what purpose it is serving. In Waterworn specifically, the effects of water vs. water management is the envionmental focus.


About the Filmaker

EB Fox is a filmmaker based in Richmond,  Virginia. She is particularly interested in combining geographical and portrait documentary, and has a deep passion for making work about places and their people. 

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Kinderdijk, Netherlands

A small village in South Holland, Kinderdijk is a hub for water management. The village is home to 19 windmills that drain the Alblasserwaard polder, built by the Dutch in 1740. The mills are a lasting example of the efficacy of Dutch water management, and keeps the village from flooding completely. Each mill is kept operational and functioning by a miller who lives inside. Most of these millers have been doing the job for their entire lives, and grew up in and around South Holland. 


Maasvlakte, Netherlands

Maasvlakte 2, or the Port of Rotterdam, is the world’s 8th largest port, and the biggest in Europe. The project began construction in 2012, and reclaimed nearly 2000 hectares of land through a system of dredging, commonly referred to as the use of dikes and polders. The effort of the Maasvlakte project is to reduce carbon emissions in a space that generally utilizes mass amounts of fossil fuels.


Vlieland, Netherlands

One of the Wadden Islands off the Northern coast of Netherlands, Vlieland acts as a barrier island, much like that of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Separated from its neighboring islands over decades of erosion and storm surges, the geography of Vlieland is similar to Tangier. It differs, however, in that sea walls now protect the land mass from destructive erosion. Today, Vlieland is used primarily as a getaway spot for people that are looking for a quiet, restful vacation. Its economy relies heavily on tourism rather than what the sea can offer them. On the 15 square miles of land, there are 15 hotels and a couple hundred holiday homes.


Tangier, Virginia, USA

Tangier Island, VA is a small island off the coast of Virginia’s Eastern shore. It has a population of some 380, one post office, one school, two restaurants, and no grocery store. The majority of the residents have lived on the island their entire lives, just as their ancestors did. After years of life on the island, Tangier residents are faced with a problem not even the strongest of watermen are equipped to handle; Erosion. Combined with sea level rise, the coast of the island is washing away.

What is water management...

Drawn diagram of a dike
According to the US Department of Agriculture, water management is the “the control and movement of water resources to minimize damage to life and property and to maximize efficient beneficial use.”

Water management is constructed in a number of different ways. In the Netherlands, they utilize dikes, polders, and windmills. Because the land is so low, they build walls, or dikes, to keep the water from flooding the land mass. The windmills pump the water from the lowlands back into the rivers, making it so the land can be farmed.

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