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A Ditch in Time: The City, the West and Water

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Tracing the origins and growth of the Denver Water Department, this study of water and its unique role and history in the West, as well as in the nation, raises questions about the complex relationship among cities, suburbs, and rural areas, allowing us to consider this precious resource and its past, present, and future with both optimism and realism.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Fulcrum Publishing
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Kim
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The author was a big booster of Denver Water. For example, she noted that Denver per capita water use went down from 211 to 171 gallons per person day and she called that an achievement, But that is still a large amount of water. She was also incorrect about Aurora paying rights to Homestake in 1949 and then later going with Colorado Springs. Actually, Colorado Spring announced the project and the director for Aurora Utilities (as it was called at that time) called and asked to go 50/50.

The edi
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Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm nearing the end of this book and want to capture a thought. I'm wondering how much background the author has in the life sciences, especially ecology. In these final chapters she seems to be relegating water to humans for use in rural and urban areas. I haven't read anything about the importance of supporting natural ecosystems. (Nor have I seen anything stating that at some point, human population is going to have to plateau or preferably, drop.) Water is being treated like the truffula tre ...more
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May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am new to Colorado and to the history of water in the West. My interest in A Ditch in Time was piqued by the fact that I have a lovely irrigation ditch that runs through my front yard. I was enchanted by this water feature from the time I first set eyes on it, but had no idea what it actually was, or what a headache it would become for me.

Patricia Limerick’s book was enormously helpful in orienting me to the complex topic of water in the West. She treats the subject, and more specifically, th
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Greg
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy her writing. Limerick's story is part of a new genre of historical writing called techno-environemntal.... or something like that. The focus is on connections between nature and technology and how the two concepts are not opposites, but contribute to the development and perception of the other.

This case is the history of Denver Water, and organization that can easily fit underneath the umbrella of "urban imperialism." I really enjoyed the detailed story of the history of Denver Wa
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Patricia Nelson Limerick is an American historian, considered to be one of the leading historians of the American West. She was born and raised in Banning, California.

Limerick received a B.A. in American Studies in 1972 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in American Studies in 1980 from Yale University. She worked at Harvard University as an Assistant Professor from 1980 to
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