Philip L. Fradkin: A River No More: The Colorado River and the West

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Nanced projects and the rugged individualism of the American West The settling of the West was a search or energy a dream a lifestyle But all that reuires water which there isn t a lot of By the time the Reclamation came through with all their damming projects to support this population the river s salinity had increased so much that Mexico could hardly use it That s really the central argument of this book We ve supported a population unnaturally and the proof is in the pudding specifically in the Colorado River Great accessible book or Western water lovers After reading Beyond the 100th Meridian this is the one to read Understanding the arid West s Powellian water politics growth in a desert environment is essential to understanding Global Chaotic Climage Change s impact on the American WestPowell s orward thinking pragmatism scientific insight is both prescient genius If you love environmentalism sustainable ecoligical deep economics than then read this It s important This will really wake you up to what we ve done to a magnificent natural wonder. On the river to supply cities in the desert render this new edition all too timely Philip Fradkin has updated this valuable book with a new prefa.

K describes the mighty Colorado River and how it has been dammed into submission reused or irrigation to the point of lethal salinity and argued over by countless politicians who wan Yes another book on water in the West You water logged easterners just don t understand gotta read up or the new job I m getting to the point where all the books I read on the Western water crisis are running together Nonetheless Fradkin s book deserves its place on the shelf A good compliment to other books like Cadillac Desert or Where the Water Goes A River No More may not be the most exciting read but it ties together politics culture history and the environment in an informative and sometimes personal journey with the author Fradkin does a good job in outlining the watershed the tributaries that Fear the Darkness (Brigid Quinn, feed into the Colorado River and the upper and lower basin states plus the decisions that went into making these territories He also dives into the history of the West the boom and bust nature the rural renaissance the Mormons and the Indians the contradiction ofederally i. To the California and Arizona borders where so saline it kills plants it peters out just short of the Gulf of California Ever increasing demands.

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This history of the Colorado River offers a detailed account of the politics of water in the West the stuggles between the BLM Indians Mormons booming metro centers and powerful congressmen over who has the right to harness and consume the dwindling low of the river Fradkin also describes his own adventures on the river He traces the tributaries the Green Gila San Jaun and Colorado to their sources tours the Glen Canyon dam rafts the Grand Canyon hikes here and there etc John Wesley Powell s presence is everywhere and other colorful characters are plentiful Fradkin doesn t uite manage to tell the story of the politics of the Colorado in a very readable way but that s a tall order It s so incredibly complex bureaucratic and in many ways mundane But it s also incredibly important to remember and I like that Fradkin shows that the every drop of water lowing down the river has been thoroughly politicized and commodofied I got halfway through to page 200 or so and couldn t ollow it well I got lost in the story Fascinating yet somewhat depressing this boo. Here is the definitive history of the development of the Colorado River and the claims made on its waters rom its source in the Wyoming Rockies.

Philip L Fradkin is an American environmentalist historian journalist and author Fradkin has authored books ranging from Alaska California and Nevada with topics ranging from water conservation earthuakes and nuclear weaponsIn 2005 Fradkin was given the Californiana Award by the Commonwealth Club of California