A Doubtful River

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University of Nevada Press, 2000 - Nature - 159 pages
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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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Robert Dawson is coauthor of "The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland" (California, 1993); his work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. His photographs of the American West have been recognized by a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches photography at San Jose State University and at Stanford University. Gray Brechin is a historical geographer and has authored articles on the environment and environmental history. He has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Goin, professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno and author of several highly respected books including Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe, was awarded the governor's Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2000. Drawing from the collections of the Nevada Historical Society, North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, and Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Goin redefines this faceted jewel, Lake Tahoe, and its special place in our mind's eye.

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