Paper pub. date
January 2009
ISBN 9780870715747 (paperback)
6 x 9 inches, 320 pages. Maps. Index.

River Basins of the American West

A High Country News Reader

Char Miller

Examining water issues through the lens of major Western U.S. watersheds, River Basins of the American West explores why water has been, and remains, the West’s most essential and controversial subject.

Editor Char Miller has organized writings collected from the pages of High Country News, the voice of Western environmental issues, into sections defined by the great watersheds of the West: the Colorado River, the Rio Grande, the Columbia River, the Klamath River, and the Missouri River. Arguably, these drainage systems form the real boundaries of the West, and current water conflicts have their roots in development that ignored this reality.

Contributors to the book — among them activists, scholars, scientists, and some of the nation’s finest environmental journalists — probe the intense differences and disagreements over water rights across the West, and present the positive developments toward a lasting solution to the most fraught issue the West faces.

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About the author

Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. He has written and edited numberous books, including Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, Fluid Arguments: Water in the American West, and Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas.

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