Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River

Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River

by William Dietrich

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Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River by William Dietrich

In this new edition of Northwest Passage , Dietrich updates the status of the mighty Columbia River, discussing the health of its salmon runs, the state of its dams, and the river’s growing importance in light of climate change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295999326
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 07/11/2016
Edition description: revised edition
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Dietrich, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist for his coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, is the author of Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants, The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest, and popular fiction.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2016 Edition

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 21

1 The Picnic in the Coulee 27

2 The River of Imagination 49

3 Vagrant and Most Dangerous 73

4 Beginning and End 97

5 The Sculpted River 117

6 Comcomly's Head 133

7 In Heathen Lands to Dwell 157

8 The River That Was 181

9 Out Here 201

10 The Inland Empire 225

11 The Electric Revolution 249

12 The Biggest Thing on Earth 271

13 The House of Lies 297

14 The Salmon Gauntlet 323

15 The Poisoned River 355

16 Cloudville 375

Epilogue 395

A Columbia River Chronology 403

Major Dams of the Columbia Basin 409

Bibliography 415

Index 433

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Raban

Dietrich’s measured, thoughtful book views the Columbia through a succession of different lenses—as a bountiful fishery for the Indians, as a snag-ridden and nearly impassable highway for the early white explorers, as a hugely powerful manufacturer of hydroelectricity, as a source of irrigation for farmers, as the town drain for the mining and nuclear weapons industries. His Columbia is really a woven braid of the many rivers of the fisherman, the farmer, the engineer, the towboat operator, the explorer, the industrialist.

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