Cadillac Desert has ratings and reviews. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the . “The definitive work on the West’s water crisis.” –Newsweek The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource. Marc Reisner has written a tome on water rights in the American West with his book “Cadillac Desert: The American West and its disappearing Read full.
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Even cotton is questionable. A big chunk of the West is a lifeless, waterless hellhole that has no business being settled at all, much less farmed for crops like cotton or rice. I could ramble for days, but the truth is, you should just read this massive and massively depressing book, because I guarantee there’s an awful lot of history in here that you never studied in school, especially if you grew up in or near some of the places most affected by these water projects.
There is literally nothing Sweeping saga of the history of the water wars in the American southwest. He also notes that with alkaline soils of much of the West, irrigation tends to raise salt levels.
They advocate traditional irrigation as environmentally sound and economically beneficial. Mark claims that by the time the Colorado Desegt hits Los Angeles, a cup of water has approximately three tablespoons of salt in it. Water management has always relied substantially on the development of informal networks of experts across agencies, interests, and academia to lead progress cadillaf support the development of effective legal and institutional frameworks.
I should also say that despite the lack of citation, the bibliography looks great! Marc Reisner was a journalist, writing for a general audience.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water – Marc Reisner – Google Books
If humans do not belong in California or Arizona, where do they belong? What will we do? Water rights have been on the table for years. Reisner’s whole book is basically reisnrr the same thing about the entire Southwestern United States.
It is sobering to think how Reisner’s story will play out since written in the late ‘s with the growing cadillsc and increasing droughts from climate change.
I eventually realize the value of the knowledge gained was less than what I was losing in disgust and distaste for my fellow human beings.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Just not free to eat wild salmon. Will the nation of the United States go extinct some day? A study predicted problems after They all point out that despite the inevitability of water problems in cadollac dry Western US, substantial prosperity and relative ecological success can occur with thoughtful and cooperative management.
It is hard and slow to organize a group of people distributed among many agencies and interests, but an effective convergence of ideas across such a network can be effective and powerful.
Post was not sent – check your email addresses! We can do that without wiping the west off the map, and we’ve been proving it for a while now. Rivals in Crime Chapter Seven: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t keep with this book. The Red Queen Chapter Three: For all its reputation as an environmentalist fire-starter to mix metaphors quite horrificallythough, I was surprised at how little doomsaying Reisner indulged in.
Arizona feisner a state water bank in These deseert point to the importance of moving beyond the large projects of the Dominy era and the pessimism of Cadillac Desert. Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner. What else might be done? Irrigated agriculture in the American West was is? Topics such as “the river runs dry”, desalination plants, rationing and “snaring mist from the sky” are the norm.
There were devastating consequences for fisheries. Which is not to say that Reisner is absolutely objective always an illusive goal at best nor sober in his approach. Its burgeoning growth increased water demand from the Colorado River. It is superbly well-written, with rich detail no I read this non-fiction book after reading the fiction book, The Water Knifewhich mentions Cadillac Desert multiple times.
It did not take out the Hoover Dam downstream with a huge wall of water.
Resiner captures Western water history in Cinemascope and Technicolor. Overall, if I swallowed my aforementioned misgivings, this was cadillca fascinating and engaging history of water in the West.
Even today, there is a tension between the conservative claim that government can’t create jobs “you didn’t build that”, desedt. And yet I reached a point that I just couldn’t pick it up and read anymore. How long will our dams last? Reading this volume of information has made me so much more aware of the looming water crisis.
The central truth here is that nearly all new dam projects make little to no economic sense from an irrigation perspective. I’m not sure I buy this book’s title. Water mining has become a popular trend around the world, a short-term solution. View all 3 comments. Local and regional water agencies have become increasingly important, and have been more successful deeert escaping the calcification of state and federal bureaucracies.
Dam building peaked in the ‘s. A far cry from the old days, he cafillac that today we are more aware of issues with water quality and its salinity, have concerns over endangered fish, and want and need more recreation. As they had for decades, “pork barrel” water projects continued to roll through Congress.
I hope that we can speed up the the public and political desire to reverse some of the ecological damage done. If successful, quick recovery of a resilient water system and long term benefits could cadil,ac the reward. I’m not keen on that almost meaningless catchphrase at all, but I think most opposition to states’ rights comes from Civil War-era social issues like the South’s miserable record on discrimination. So, the west became a socialist utopia, dominated by militant free market conservatives who adored massive government spending in their region, and howled about it everywhere else.
The restaurants then do not have to wash glasses.