Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics
In the drought summer of 2001, a simmering conflict between agricultural and environmental interests in southern Oregon’s Upper Klamath Basin turned into a guerrilla war of protests, vandalism, and apocalyptic rhetoric when the federal Bureau of Reclamation shut down the headgates of the Klamath Project to conserve water needed by endangered species. This was the first tim...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 30th 2008 by Island Press
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Water War in the Klamath Basin is a book for someone like me: someone who is fascinated by environmental disagreements and governance but is bored to tears by standard science writing. This book provides an overview of the continuing environmental disagreements within the Klamath River Basin, but it also breaks ground for those who find environmental regulation and law inaccessible. Against the backdrop of the macho, ever-powerful personality of lawmakers and lawyers, Doremus explains the many w...more