Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River

Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River

by Matthew D. Evenden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521830990

ISBN-13: 9780521830997

Pub. Date: 07/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Fish versus Power is an environmental history of the Fraser River (British Columbia) and the attempts to dam it for power and to defend it for salmon. Amid contemporary debates over large dam development an declines in fisheries, this book offers a case study of a river basin where development decisions did not ultimately dam the river, but rather conserved its salmon…  See more details below

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Fish versus Power is an environmental history of the Fraser River (British Columbia) and the attempts to dam it for power and to defend it for salmon. Amid contemporary debates over large dam development an declines in fisheries, this book offers a case study of a river basin where development decisions did not ultimately dam the river, but rather conserved its salmon. Although the case is local, its implications are global as Evenden explores the transnational forces that shaped the river, the changing knowledge and practices of science, and the role of environmental change in shaping environmental debate. The Fraser is the world's most productive salmon river; it is also a large river with enormous waterpower potential. Very few rivers in the developed world have remained undammed. On the Fraser, however, fish - not dams - triumphed, and this book seeks to explain why.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521830997
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2015
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures, photographs, and maps
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"A rock of disappointment"19
2Damming the tributaries53
3Remaking Hells Gate84
4Pent-up energy119
5The power of aluminum149
6Fish versus power179
7The politics of science231
Conclusion267
Bibliography277
Index299

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