Where the Water Goes
Life and Death Along the Colorado RiverBook - 2017
An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.
The Colorado River is an essential 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.
Baker & Taylor
The author of The Conundrum presents a revelatory account of where our water comes from and where it goes, examining the complicated human-made ecosystem of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, fracking sites and farms that contribute to shortage issues in the western United States.
Presents an account of where America's water comes from and where it goes, examining the complicated human-made ecosystem of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, fracking sites, and farms that contribute to water shortages in the West.
From Library Staff
PimaLib_NormS Aug 09, 2017
You know what? Water is way more complicated than I ever imagined. A 2018 Tucson Festival of Books presenting author, David Owen, in “Where The Water Goes: Life And Death Along The Colorado River”, follows the water of the great river, beginning at the headwaters and ending at the drying up delta... Read More »
PimaLib_SWBooks Dec 22, 2017
When author and New Yorker contributor David Owen decided to explore a river from its source to its terminus, he opted for the Colorado for its diverse landscape and unique geography. His descriptions of spectacular scenery, river history, and personal anecdotes would, on their own, have made thi... Read More »