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Red Delta: Fighting for Life at the End of the Colorado Riverby Charles Bergman
Synopses & Reviews
The region was sparsely populated by farmers and indigenous people. Its wildlife was little known. And it was in Mexico, invisible to North Americans. Thus, after the Water Treaty of 1944 was signed by the United States and Mexico, the flow of the Colorado River diminished to a trickle in the Mexican delta, transforming a fertile land of green lagoons into a dry wasteland. And nobody seemed to care.<P>The Mexican delta of the Colorado River is becoming one of the most remarkable environmental stories on the continent. Red Delta combines the powerful story of the delta's restored natural diversity with clear information on the "river of law" that governs water allotments to it (U.S. — 90%, Mexico — 10%), presenting a story of hope and recovery. Whether in search of a rare and endangered bird, sifting through the sands of the delta's badlands for fossils, or visiting a village of the deltas impoverished Cucapa people, Bergman helps us see the variety and abundance of life in this once-forgotten place.
Book News Annotation:
Bergman has written and photographed extensively on nature, for such journals and magazines as the Smithsonian, Audubon, and National Geographic. Working with the nonprofit conservation organization, Defenders of Wildlife, Bergman focuses here on the Mexican delta of the Colorado River. Transformed from a fertile area to a dry wasteland as a result of the U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty of 1944, the region has recently gained the attention of environmental groups. The text describes how the current situation came to be, and encourages revision of the binational agreement allocating the river's waters, in order to reduce the negative ecological, economic, and cultural impacts on Mexico. Academic but accessible to the general reader.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The powerful story of the delta's restored natural diversity with clear information on the "river of law" that governs water allotments to it.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 290-302) and index.
About the Author
Charles Bergman's previously acclaimed books are Wild Echoes: Encounter with North America's Most Endangered Species and Orion's Legacy: A Cultural History of Man as Hunter. He is a professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University and lives in Tacoma, Washington.
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