A Doubtful River
Winner of the Wilbur S. Shepperson Humanities Book Award, "A Doubtful River reveals the uses and abuses of the Truckee River and documents the continual debates over its distribution to meet diverse demands, ultimately asking the question of what will happen to the rapidly dwindling water supply of the arid West? Robert Dawson's and Peter Goin's eloquent photographs record unforgettable images of the Truckee's course from pineclad mountains to the sagebrush-covered vastness of the high desert and the ways the river and the land beside it have been used and reshaped by human needs, greed, and carelessness. Mary Webb's essays offer a moving verbal counterpoint, focusing on the people who depend on and adjudicate the river's water. The sum of the elements of this book is a memorable picture of the complexity of water allocation in a region where conflicting traditions about the uses of the land and its resources, a rapidly growing population, and limited supply make water the most precious commodity of all.
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