River Basins of the American West

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Oregon State Univ Pr

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This companion volume to Water in the 21st-Century West examines water issues through the lens of major Western U.S. watersheds. From the pages of High Country News, the voice of Western environmental issues, River Basins of the American West explores why water has been, and remains, the West’s most essential and controversial subject. Editor Char Miller has organized writings into sections defined by the great watersheds of the West—the Colorado River, the Rio Grande, the Columbia River, the Klamath River, and the Missouri River. Arguably, these drainage systems form the real boundaries of the West, and current water conflicts have their roots in development that ignored this reality. Contributors to the book—among them activists, scholars, scientists, and some of the nation’s finest environmental journalists—probe the intense differences and disagreements over water rights across the West, and explore the positive developments toward a lasting solution to the most fraught issue the West faces. Like Water in the 21st-Century West, River Basins of the American West is an essential primer in assessing and mapping the West’s water future.

Author Biography

Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. He has written and edited numerous books including Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, Fluid Arguments: Water in the American West, and Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas.

Table of Contents

Continental Dividesp. 9
Colorado Riverp. 17
A River Resurrectedp. 18
Quenching the Big Thirstp. 31
It's Time for a New Law of the Riverp. 43
Colorado River States Reach Landmark Agreementp. 46
The Efficiency Paradoxp. 49
Charting the Course of the San Pedrop. 62
A Thirst for Growthp. 66
Of Politics and the Riverp. 77
Rio Grandep. 83
A Tangled Web of Watershedsp. 84
A Tiny Fish Cracks New Mexico's Water Establishmentp. 87
The Mine that Turned the Red River Bluep. 98
Divided Watersp. 108
A River on the Linep. 118
Peace Breaks Out on the Rio Grandep. 130
Too Much Can Be Asked of a Riverp. 133
Columbia Riverp. 135
Holy Waterp. 136
Troubled-and Shallow-Waters on the West's Largest Riverp. 146
A River Once Morep. 149
Klamath Riverp. 163
No Refuge in the Klamath Basinp. 164
The Message of Thirty Thousand Dead Salmonp. 176
"Water Bank" Drags Region Deeper into Debtp. 179
Peace on the Klamathp. 182
Platte Riverp. 199
Saving the Plattep. 200
Truce Holds on the Platte Riverp. 216
Missouri Riverp. 219
On the Missouri, the Middle Ground Gets Soggyp. 220
Strangling the Last Best Riverp. 224
The Last Wild Riverp. 228
We Can Still Do Right by the Yellowstonep. 237
Riparian Restorationp. 241
Catch 22p. 242
Reweaving the Riverp. 246
"Restoration Cowboy" Goes against the Flowp. 249
Persistence Frees the Mokelumnep. 252
Seattle Embarks on a Dramatic Experiment in Restorationp. 255
The Hoopa's Fight for a River is a Lesson for Us Allp. 258
River Reduxp. 261
Border Restoration's Odd Couplep. 265
A River Sacrificedp. 268
Riparian Restoration Gurup. 274
Riparian Repairp. 277
Acknowledgementsp. 283
Indexp. 284
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