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Yes, another book on water in the West You water logged easterners just don t understand gotta read up for the new job. This history of the Colorado River offers a detailed account of the politics of water in the West the stuggles between the BLM, Indians, Mormons, booming metro centers and powerful congressmen over who has the right to harness and consume the dwindling flow of the river Fradkin also describes his own adventures on the river He traces the tributaries the Green, Gila, San Jaun and Colorado to their sources, tours the Glen Canyon dam, rafts the Grand Canyon, hikes here and there, etc Jo This history of the Colorado River offers a detailed account of the politics of water in the West the stuggles between the BLM, Indians, Mormons, booming metro centers and powerful congressmen over who has the right to harness and consume the dwindling flow of the river Fradkin also describes his own adventures on the river He traces the tributaries the Green, Gila, San Jaun and Colorado to their sources, tours the Glen Canyon dam, rafts the Grand Canyon, hikes here and there, etc John Wesley Powell s presence is everywhere, and other colorful characters are plentiful Fradkin doesn t quite manage to tell the story of the politics of the Colorado in a very readable way, but that s a tall order It s so incredibly complex, bureaucratic and, in many ways, mundane But it s also incredibly important to remember, and I like that Fradkin shows that the every drop of water flowing down the river has been thoroughly politicized and commodofied After reading Beyond the 100th Meridian this is the one to read Understanding the arid West s Powellian water politics growth in a desert environment is essential to understanding Global Chaotic Climage Change s impact on the American West.Powell s forward thinking pragmatism scientific insight is both prescient genius If you love environmentalism sustainable ecoligical deep economics than then read this It s important After reading Beyond the 100th Meridian this is the one to read Understanding the arid West s Powellian water politics growth in a desert environment is essential to understanding Global Chaotic Climage Change s impact on the American West.Powell s forward thinking pragmatism scientific insight is both prescient genius If you love environmentalism sustainable ecoligical deep economics than then read this It s important This will really wake you up to what we ve done to a magnificent natural wonder. I got halfway through to page 200 or so and couldn t follow it well I got lost in the story. Fascinating, yet somewhat depressing, this book describes the mighty Colorado River, and how it has been dammed into submission, reused for irrigation to the point of lethal salinity, and argued over by countless politicians who wantwater for business than the river has to give Between historical and socio political discourses, Fradkin describes his own experiences of the river on foot, in camp, and by kayak and wooden dory A major theme explored is land use, particularly the water and Fascinating, yet somewhat depressing, this book describes the mighty Colorado River, and how it has been dammed into submission, reused for irrigation to the point of lethal salinity, and argued over by countless politicians who wantwater for business than the river has to give Between historical and socio political discourses, Fradkin describes his own experiences of the river on foot, in camp, and by kayak and wooden dory A major theme explored is land use, particularly the water and land wasting practice of using 85% of Colorado River irrigation to grow crops that are subsequently fed to cattle, and how such cattle trample and make wasteland of much of the arid West.I read the first edition, published 1981 One major topic contemporary to that date is how Jimmy Carter sought to revise Western water politics forsustainable use and how he was rebuffed by politicians with vested interests Notably he did not carry a single Western state in his bid for reelection I would like to read the second edition for political and social updates only the first edition in my local library, so I ll need to look further afield `DOWNLOAD KINDLE ⇲ A River No More: The Colorado River and the West ↛ Here is the definitive history of the development of the Colorado River and the claims made on its waters, from its source in the Wyoming Rockies to the California and Arizona borders where, so saline it kills plants, it peters out just short of the Gulf of California Ever increasing demands on the river to supply cities in the desert render this new edition all too timely Philip Fradkin has updated this valuable book with a new preface