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|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Dam NationHow Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future
By Stephen Grace
Globe PequotCopyright © 2012 Stephen Grace
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"Mention water to a Westerner whose great-grandparents homesteaded a patch of land as dry as a legal brief and listen to the stories flow. Water might not seem like a big deal to someone from a state that sloshes with rain, but people whose ancestors settled this water-shy region know that the West was won not by men on horseback with six-shooters hanging from their holsters, not by sheriffs with stars of tin pinned upon their chests and guns blazing in high noon shootouts. It was won by farmers and ranchers with irrigation shovels in hand—and by politicians and lawyers divvying up water rights in a dry land."
—From the Introduction
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Table of Contents
Author's Note vi
Introduction: Trouble xi
Chapter 1 Into the Parched Frontier 1
Chapter 2 Settling the Great American Desert 17
Chapter 3 Reclamation 41
Chapter 4 The Law of the River 66
Chapter 5 Dam Nation 75
Chapter 6 What We Have Lost 97
Chapter 7 When Dams Fall 130
Chapter 8 The Wealth Below 161
Chapter 9 The New Normal 171
Chapter 10 Tainted Waters 180
Chapter 11 Silt, Salt, and Civilization 193
Chapter 12 Water in the Twenty-First-Century West 202
Epilogue: A Brief History of Water's Future 260
About the Author 335