Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River Author David Owen
ISBN-10 1594633770
ISBN-13 9781594633775
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
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A downstream adventure into the heart of one of Americas most important water systems examining where our water comes from and where it all goes The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado s headwaters to its parched terminus once a verdant wetland but now a million acre desert He takes readers on an adventure downriver along a labyrinth of waterways reservoirs power plants farms fracking sites ghost towns and RV parks to the spot near the U S Mexico border where the river runs dry Water problems in the western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio stop selling hay to China ban golf cut down the almond trees and kill all the lawyers But a closer look reveals a vast man made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on The story Owen tells inWhere the Water Goesis crucial to our future how a patchwork of engineering marvels byzantine legal agreements aging infrastructure and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails

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