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Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communitiesby Steven Hawley
Synopses & Reviews
A powerful argument for why dam removal makes good scientific, economic, and environmental sense—and requires our urgent attention
Flowing through a thousand miles of the American West, from Wyoming to Washington State, the Snake River was once one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers. Hydroelectric dams built during the past fifty years have dropped the salmon population close to extinction.
As recovery efforts have failed, those with a stake in the river’s health—from fishermen and farmers to Native Americans and conservationists—find themselves pitted against the utilities and the federal government. The struggle raises pivotal questions: who should exercise control over natural resources, and which interests should receive highest priority?
In Recovering a Lost River, Hawley shows how river restoration, with dam removal as its centerpiece, is not only virtuous ecological practice but also a growing social and economic enterprise, stretching from Maine’s Kennebec to California’s Klamath, and ultimately, hopefully, to the Snake as well.
About the Author
\Steven Hawley, an environmental journalist, was among the first to write about the historic agreement to tear out Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Maine. Since then, his work has appeared in High Country News, Bear Deluxe, National Fisherman, OnEarth, Arizona Quarterly, the Oregonian, and Missoula Independent. He lives with his family along the Columbia River.
Table of Contents
Redeeming the dammed — What they're smoking in Alaska this summer — Feed Willy — Butte Creek — Energy versus eternal delight — How the mighty were felled — When the levee breaks — The fifth H — Lies, dam lies, and statistics : the science of saving big hydro — A river resuscitated — The heart of the monster — Epilogue : The river why not.
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