Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen

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Read Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River Online Free - A brilliant, eye-opening account of 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 in Where the Water Goes is 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.

Title : Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
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ISBN : 1594633770
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Holly rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2017

So interesting. The sort of book I have always wanted to read about the Colorado River and the West's water situation. Like a supplement and update to Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert.

Sherri rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

This is such a fascinating look at the strength and fragility of the Colorado river and how it's used as it flows from the mountains to Mexico. I learned so much, and have had most of my basic assumptions about water conservation turned upside down. A few things I would like to have learned more...

Carl rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

My first thought was that I think I once read "water is politics" somewhere. If I didn't, I should have. In the case of the Colorado River it surely is. The basin of the Colorado covers 13 western US states which are largely a dry desert area & feeds much land converted to agriculture thru ir...

J.S. rated it ★★★☆☆

September 06, 2017

An interesting look at water issues, particularly as they relate to the Colorado River and the Southwest US. Most of the book feels like more of a travelogue than an in-depth look at the environment, science, or cultural history. And all those elements are combined with Owen's travels and stories...

Judy rated it ★★★★★

July 09, 2017

The author travels the length of the Colorado River from the headwaters to the last bit of water just short of the Gulf of California. Recently, the city of Phoenix paid one of the local Native American tribes not to use all of their water allocation from the Central Arizona Project, which comes...

Robert rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

A relatively spotty tour guide of Colorado & Utah. On da real doe, Owen effectively communicates both sides of the endless issues surrounding water, particularly environmental. Which is impressive. When was the last time you were engaged with a topic that you felt was addressed openly and rel...

Bryan rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2017

A most excellent read if you want to understand water issues in western North America. Note, I said understand, not solve, although the author shares many proposed solutions from many sources. Overall, he makes a rather complex topic interesting and digestible.

Brw2024 rated it ★★★★☆

May 21, 2017

I enjoyed Owen's description of the river and most of his narrative about the current issues. He's paying attention obviously. Along with John Fleck's recent book Water is For Fighting Over, we have two excellent books not he Colorado River and western water issues whiting the span of months!

Andrew rated it ★★★★★

July 13, 2017

I was a little hesitant to pick up this title. I've always enjoyed natural and social histories, but I generally think of water as a background or setting for the subjects I read about rather than the story itself. David Owen's Where the Water Goes has changed that. He takes what could easily be...

Max rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 29, 2017

As a rural Westerner who writes about his home and stomping grounds, and who shares his writing for free on his blog, I always find it disheartening that the East Coast-based publishing industry habitually elevates Eastern urban writers as experts on rural Western subjects. Momentarily forgetting...

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