Dam Nation How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future

ISBN-10: 0762787627
ISBN-13: 9780762787623
Edition: N/A
Authors: Stephen Grace
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

In the scramble to claim water rights in the West during the fevered days of early emigration and expansion, running out of water was rarely a concern, and the dam building fever that transformed the West in the 19th and 20th centuries created a map of the region that may be unsustainable. Throughout the arid American West, metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver need water. These cities are growing, but water supplies are dwindling. Scientists agree that the West is heating up and drying out, leading to future water shortages that will pose a challenge to existing laws. Dam Nationlooks first to the past, to the stories of the California gold rush and the earliest attempts by men to shape the landscape and tame it, takes us to the “Great American Desert” and the settlement of the west under the theory that "rain follows the plow," and then takes on the ongoing legal and moral battles in the West. Author Stephen Grace, is a novelist, a storyteller, and the author of several non-fiction books on Colorado. He weaves the facts into a compelling narrative that informs, entertains, and tells an important story.

Stephen Grace has worked various jobs as a deckhand, a white-water rafting guide, a youth counselor, a social worker, and a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado, where he is at work on his next novel.

Author's Note
Introduction: Trouble
Into the Parched Frontier
Settling the Great American Desert
Reclamation
The Law of the River
Dam Nation
What We Have Lost
When Dams Fall
The Wealth Below
The New Normal
Tainted Waters
Silt, Salt, and Civilization
Water in the Twenty-First-Century West
Epilogue: A Brief History of Water's Future
Acknowledgments
Sources
Index
About the Author

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