Oil and Water: An Oilman's Quest to Save the Source of America's Most Endangered River

Oil and Water: An Oilman's Quest to Save the Source of America's Most Endangered River

by Stephen Grace


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For fifteen years Bud Isaacs has been blowing the whistle on an abused stretch of the West’s most iconic river. In telling the tale of this oilman’s battle to repair the ecological damage caused by more than a century of water development, author Stephen Grace is forced to confront the complicated currents that connect us all to water and energy.

As Grace encounters a cast of memorable characters committed to exposing the misguided management of the Colorado River headwaters, the importance of healthy watersheds to our environment and to our patrimony becomes clear. The struggle to save the source of the Colorado is a crucial test of our willingness to preserve a remnant of wild nature for future generations.

The epic clash at the heart of Oil and Water challenges us to change how we see rivers: as living systems rather than lifeless plumbing. And the unlikely protagonist of this story challenges us to avoid reducing people to simple categories. As we marshal our human resources for the monumental task of restoring our nation’s natural heritage, developers and environmentalists must mix.

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ISBN-13: 9780692607954
Publisher: UCRA
Publication date: 02/03/2016
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 734,049
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Stephen Grace is the author of many books, including "Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future," "Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement," and "The Great Divide." He served as a consultant for the film "DamNation" and was the scriptwriter and an associate producer for "The Great Divide" film. He lives in the high desert of Colorado.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The River . 1: Books of Nature, 2: Oil and Water, 3: What Once Was, 4: The Last of the Wild, 5: Big Tom, 6: Water is Power, 7: Those Damned Dams, 8: Windy Gap, 9: The Whirling Disease Nightmare, 10: The Worth of Wild Trout, 11: Death by Silt , 12: Restoring the River, 13: Subterfuge, 14: The Western White House, 15: The Stonemason, 16: The High Cost of Speaking Truth to Power, 17: Holding the River Hostage, 18: Learning by Doing, 19: The Long Haul, 20: The Death and Life of a Great American River, Acknowledgments, Sources, About the Author

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