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Title A river lost : the life and death of the Columbia / Blaine Harden.
Author Harden, Blaine.
Publication New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2012.
Edition Rev. ed.
Description 1 online resource (286 pages) : maps
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-272) and index.
Contents Slackwater -- Better off underwater -- Machine river -- The biggest thing on earth -- The flood -- Ditches from heaven -- A noble way to use a river -- Wild and scenic Atomic River -- Born with no hips -- Slackwater II -- The river game -- Epilogue.
Summary This is a book about how well-intentioned Americans dammed up the Columbia, "Great River of the West," fulfilling dreams of cheap electricity and gardens flourishing in the desert. It is also a narrative of exploitation: of Native Americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a river - once wild - tamed to puddled remains. Harden's story is a journey of rediscovery. His home town, Moses Lake, Washington, once bone dry, could not have existed without gargantuan irrigation schemes. His father, a Depression migrant trained as a welder, helped build dams - including Grand Coulee - and later worked at the secret Hanford plutonium plant. Now he and his neighbors, who had thought of themselves as patriots, stood accused of killing the river. As Blaine Harden traveled the thousand miles of the Columbia - by barge, by car, and sometimes on foot - his own past seemed both foreign and familiar. He met rugged individualists (albeit with government subsidies), fervent environmentalists, and Native Americans reduced to consuming canned salmon. He also encountered a newly ascendant political force whose more subtle agenda was to preserve and conserve for its own pleasure and recreation.
Note Print version record.
Subject Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- Columbia River Region.
Economic development -- Social aspects -- Columbia River Region.
Water resources development -- Columbia River Region -- History.
Environmental degradation -- Columbia River Region.
Economic development -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst00901808
Economic development -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00901865
Environmental degradation. (OCoLC)fst00912877
Water resources development. (OCoLC)fst01171955
United States -- Columbia River Region. (OCoLC)fst01350940
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Harden, Blaine. River lost. Rev. ed 9780393342567 (DLC) 2012450201 (OCoLC)792935004
ISBN 9780393344523 electronic bk.
0393344525 electronic bk.

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