Watershed: The Undamming of America

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A native of New York City, Elizabeth Grossman now lives in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Amicus Journal, Orion Afield and other publications. She is currently writing the Lewis and Clark Adventure Travel Guide for Sierra Club Books.

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Since before Edward Abbey protested Utah's Glenn Canyon Dam in his 1972 Monkey Wrench Gang, such attempts to make rivers work for us have been both controversial and problematic. In this whirlwind tour of dams across America, Grossman, a journalist based in Portland, Ore., persuasively illustrates why it's time for many of the 75,000 dams in the U.S. to come down. According to Grossman, dams were born of a driving need to manage the American landscape. More troubling, most were designed and built without a full understanding of how rivers function and without considering each dam's impact on its river system. As a result, rivers across the country are dying from our hydropower, irrigation and recreation needs. Dams affect a river's ecosystem from headwater to delta, throwing off the balance that fosters plant, insect and fish life along the way. The clearest example of damage is in dwindling fish populations: fish that depend on migration to spawn, such as steelhead and salmon, struggle to get up fish ladders, when they're incorporated in a dam at all, or need to be literally lifted over the dam. In California alone the steelhead population has dropped 90% since the 1950s. Grossman gives a national perspective to the current movement toward river reclamation by visiting about a dozen sites across the country; she reports on the conflicting perspectives that drive or resist reclamation, and she lays out the complex political and economic pressures. By considering each river as a continuous linked entity, Grossman offers a compelling update on a movement that could reshape the face of America.
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Book Description Counterpoint LLC. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. 320 pages. Dimensions: 9.6in. x 6.4in. x 1.0in.A close examination of the questions facing communities across the United States where dam removal is on the environmental and political agenda. . Dams and diversions along Americas rivers have transformed the country and in doing so created environmental problems whose resolution will, in many ways, determine how we live in the next century. There are over 75, 000 dams in the country and almost no major river in the country remains undammed. But now, for the first time in our nations history, the pace of dam removal has overtaken the pace of construction as communities across the country commit themselves to river restoration, including the removal of harmful dams. Questioning the value of dams requires a serious readjustment in the countrys notion of progress, a prospect threatening to some and daunting to all. Watershed examines the implications of dam removal to Americas rivers and their communities by exploring the stories of a number of places where dam removal and river restoration are now underway. This is a story of people and place, and of a vital turning point in the nations relationship to its rivers. 0813367824 the Spirit of American Law : an Anthology This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 9781582431086

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