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

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In the Pacific Northwest, the Snake River and its wilderness tributaries were—as recently as a half century ago—some of the world’s greatest salmon rivers. Now, due to four federal dams, the salmon population has dropped close to extinction. Steven Hawley, journalist and self-proclaimed “river rat,” argues that the best hope for the Snake River lies in dam removal, a solut...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tony Latham
A horrible story –but a great book. If you have any interest in West Coast salmon/steelhead, political graft, the Columbia River, and its dams based on WW2 era thinking, you need to put this book on your read list. Hawley did a great job researching this beast –I recognize numerous players associated with this river battle. I read Reed Burkholder's book on the economics of removing the lower Snake dams several years ago and have followed the politics of the issue ever since. There are several is...more
To be fair, I am probably the ideal audience for this book, but I still think it's great.
Hawley goes into a lot of depth and detail without becoming too technical or scientific and losing the reader. And he includes an extremely broad range of examples and case studies, as well as a number of interviews with people from differing perspectives and backgrounds. Really well done.
mostly history, some recent, good background on entrenched vested interests fighting to keep the dams, potential flooding problems in lewiston, id from silting behind the dams
fantastic book from a gorge local.
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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.
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