Watering the Valley James Earl Sherow

ISBN: 9780700604401

Published: January 28th 1991

Hardcover

240 pages


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Watering the Valley  by  James Earl Sherow

Watering the Valley by James Earl Sherow
January 28th 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 240 pages | ISBN: 9780700604401 | 10.57 Mb

James Earl Sherow contends that a vast network of problems in the arid West has sprung from the mistaken notion that water is a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded. This ill-conceived approach to water development, he argues, has resulted inMoreJames Earl Sherow contends that a vast network of problems in the arid West has sprung from the mistaken notion that water is a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded. This ill-conceived approach to water development, he argues, has resulted in social problems as well as abuse of the environment.

In this volume he tells the story of the inhabitants of the Valley of Content, the High Plains section of the Arkansas River Valley, during the formative period of settlement and development. It was their desire for growth, he maintains, that spurred the construction of the very dams, reservoirs, and water conveyance structures that would ultimately undermine their success. He documents their attempts--both fanciful and fruitful--to bring the river under their control, the waves of new problems that followed each new solution, and the conflict and cooperation the process engendered.This is a most important book.

Sherows thesis is compelling. He provides a definitive study for the period, . . . examining water use affecting agriculture, industry, and urban areas in Colorado and agriculture in Kansas. This book will be worthy of a place beside Don Pisanis From the Family Farm to Agribusiness: The Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1930 and Norris Hundleys Water in California. It adds an important new dimension to the discussion of water in the West, a topic that is no longer one of merely regional concern.--Richard Lowitt, author of The New Deal and the West



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