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Cadillac Desert

The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Reisner, Marc

(Book - 1993)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Cadillac Desert
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"Beautifully written and meticulously researched."- St. Louis Post-Dispatch . This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1993
Edition: Rev. and updated
ISBN: 9780140178241
0140178244
Branch Call Number: 333.91 R377c 1993
Characteristics: viii, 582 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,22 cm

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If you want to understand how and why western Rivers are full of dams this is a great place to start. While it covers much more than the Columbia River, this book is the best explanation about water policy in the west that I have found.


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A very readable essay about the precarious supply of fresh water in California by the man who wrote the script for the movie Chinatown. It is slanted towords the Cal. situation, but applicable to the entire US west of the Mississippi. Since 1950, usage of fresh-water has exceeded recoverable rainfall throughout all western US states.

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