Desert Water: The Future of Utah's Water Resources

Desert Water: The Future of Utah's Water Resources

by Hal Crimmel (Editor)


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Hal Crimmel has brought the findings of science together with the experienced voices of environmental social scientists, humanists, and activists to provide perspective on Utah water issues. The matters discussed are relevant beyond this one state, as similar conditions and concerns, especially over supply and demand in the face of demographic and climate change, exist throughout the West. Some of the essays are scientific and analytical; others literary and personal. Together they draw attention to problems that Utah residents and policy makers must address but also emphasize ways to build solutions. Desert Water will help citizens, policy makers, and anyone interested in Utah’s water supply and use—as everyone in the state should be—understand the real challengesand ethicsinvolved in managing this vital, finite resource. By awareness, these essays should create a sense of urgency for finding workable solutions. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607813750
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Hal Crimmel is Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of English at Weber State University. He is author of Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers, editor of Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom (University of Utah Press, 2003), and coeditor of Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Hal Crimmel 1

1 The Coming Challenge: Population Growth and Water Decline Eric C. Ewert 13

2 The Miracle at the End of the Line Stephen Trimble 29

3 Bear River: Learning from a River That Closes Our Circle Craig Denton 41

4 The Restoration of All Things: The Case of the Provo River Delta George Handley 59

5 Climate Change and the Future of Great Salt Lake Daniel Bedford 80

6 Chicken Little's New Career: How Utah's Water Development Industry Sows False Fears and Misinformation Zachary Frankel 98

7 Time to Rethink Policy: Ideas for Improving the Health of Great Salt Lake Rob Dubuc 117

8 The Colorado: Archetypal River Brooke Williams 135

9 Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus Sara Dant 144

10 The Return of Glen Canyon: The Beginning of a More Sustainable Future for the Colorado Annette McGivney 160

11 Land of 20,000 Wells: Impacts on Water from Oil and Gas Development in Eastern Utah Hal Crimmel 178

12 Moving Water Jana Richman 200

13 A New Water Ethic Daniel McCool 219

Selected Bibliography 239

List of Contributors 251

Index 255

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