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A dam proposal sparked the first great conservation battle in the United States when John Muir fought to safeguard Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Since then, people have worked to preserve free-flowing rivers from Florida to Alaska, and in doing so, they have changed the way natural resources are managed in America. In Endangered Rivers, Tim Palmer traces the growth of this movement and he chronicles the development of a national consciousness that values our rivers as lifelines for wildlife, fisheries, parks, wilderness, recreation, and communities. Based on careful research and hundreds of interviews, Palmer's information-packed narrative is regarded as a classic in the field of conservation. The first edition of this book is now updated and includes two new chapters that chart the course of conservation during the past twenty years and explore how the movement to protect rivers will likely change in the twenty-first century. This book will fascinate all who care about rivers and it will engage those who seek to understand environmental history, resources management, and the evolution of government programs in response to people's changing needs.
Chapter 1 Rivers and Dams Chapter 2 A Delicate Balance Chapter 3 Changing the Flow of Water Chapter 4 The Beginnings of River Protection Chapter 5 The Movement to Save Rivers Chapter 6 National Rivers Chapter 7 Politics and the Problems of Water Development Chapter 8 A New Era Chapter 9 Needs and Alternatives Chapter 10 The Last Wealth Chapter 11 The Second Generation of River Conservation Chapter 12 Rivers in the Twenty-First Century Part 13 Sources Part 14 Organizations Involved in River Protection