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Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities

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A powerful argument for why dam removal makes good scientific, economic, and environmental sense—and requires our urgent attention

 

In the Pacific Northwest, the Snake River and its wilderness tributaries were once some of the world’s greatest salmon rivers. As recently as a half century ago, they retained some of their historic bounty, with millions of fish returning to spawn. Now, due to four federal dams, the salmon population has dropped close to extinction. Efforts at salmon recovery through fish ladders, hatcheries, and even trucking them over the dams have failed.

 

Steven Hawley, journalist and self-proclaimed “river rat,” argues that the best hope for the Snake River lies in dam removal, a solution that pits the power authorities and Army Corps of Engineers against a collection of Indian tribes, farmers, fishermen, and river recreationists. The river’s health, as he demonstrates, is closely connected to local economies, fresh water rights, energy independence—and even the health of orca whales in Puget Sound.

 

The story of the Snake River, its salmon, and its people raises the fundamental questions of who should exercise control over natural resources and which interests should receive highest priority. It also offers surprising counterpoints to the notion of hydropower as a cheap, green, and reliable source of energy, and challenges the wisdom of heavily subsidized water and electricity.

 

This regional battle is part of an ambitious river restoration movement that stretches across the country from Maine’s Kennebec to California’s Klamath, and engages citizens from a broad social spectrum. In one successful project, the salmon of Butte Creek rebounded from a paltry fourteen fish to twenty thousand within just a few years of rewilding their river, showing the incredible resiliency of nature when given the slightest chance.

 

Recovering a Lost River depicts the compelling arguments and actions being made on behalf of salmon by a growing army of river warriors. Their message, persistent but disarmingly simple, is that all salmon need is water in their rivers, and a clear way home. 

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Environmental journalist Hawley, contributor to High Country News, National Fisherman, and the Oregonian, raises the issue of salmon protection in this book covering the history of dam removal and the current battle for river protection. Hawley explains that a healthy salmon population directly affects the local economy in positive ways as well as provides a wide range of environmental benefits. Focusing on the Snake River in Washington state, this informative book is a must read for those concerned with river conservation and the area's environmental issues. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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

Table of Contents

Prologue

1) Redeeming the Dammed

2) What They’re Smoking in Alaska this Summer

3) Feed Willy

4) Butte Creek

5) Energy Versus Eternal Delight

6) How the Mighty Were Felled

7) When the Levee Breaks

8) The Fifth H

9) Lies, Dam Lies, and Statistics: The Science of Saving Big Hydro

10) A River Resuscitated

11) The Heart of the Monster

Epilogue The River Why Not

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Notes

Sources

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reader 45, September 8, 2011 (view all comments by reader 45)
Steven Hawley's book is made even more timely by Judge James Redden's recent decision, and provokes questions about how rivers and all the life within them play into our communities. I think it is this discussion, and what comes of it, that defines what it means to live in this time in the Pacific Northwest.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807004715
Subtitle:
Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities
Author:
Hawley, Steven
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Publication Date:
20110315
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.78 x .97 in 1.04 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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