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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Goldsmith and Hildyard, with examples from throughout the world, demolish the common justifications for large dams. I’m not sure I buy this book’s title. An American Nile Is the Colorado River a preeminent symbol of economic folly and environmental disaster — or the perfection of an ideal? By the time Jimmy Carter came into office inthe national debt was close to a trillion dollars, and inflation dfsert in double digits.

Mar 04, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 12, Ken-ichi rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For a time, Reisner was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California at Davis, lecturing on the relationship between urbanization and environmental concerns.

Ina cavillac rush of melt water blasted into Glen Canyon Dam, damaging one of its spillways. If you’ve seen the excellent film Chinatown the basic story will be familiar, but it’s still impressive to read about William Mulholland’s corrupt deals with Joseph Lippincott and diabolical Robert Moses-esque plots to gain Owens Valley’s water rights, build aqueduct, and expand the city all cadillwc once.

Notify me of new comments via email. They also store water for other states. Adding lemon is the only way to make that drinkable! Dec 20, Max Potthoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Says Reisner, “He failed to see how water flows uphill toward power and money. As the title of the book implies, this is a central theme of the book. I read this book due to its reference in The Water Knife.


The era of large dam and water projects in the US had clearly ended, and needed a punctuation mark.

Yet much of the land irrigated with federally-subsidized water was not cultivated by small farmers as reclamation law required — but by large corporations that benefited illegally from the boon. Cost-effective contemporary water innovations are largely in water conservation, water markets, conjunctive use of ground and surface waters, wastewater reuse, and other actions which are more appropriately and effectively led and financed at local levels.

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. There is literally nothing in this history of water acquisition that is not dirty, from Los Angeles’ outright theft of water from the Colorado River to the forced displacement of already displaced Native American tribes, from the construction of useless dams as state pork barrel projects to the gross irrigation subsidies for corporate farmers.

May 22, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: For more on this informative series go to watercrisis. May 21, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: As a result of ten years of research and analysis, Mark Reisneran environmentalist from Minneapolis, writes about the on-going drought that greeted early settlers there.

Anyone thinking of moving west of the hundredth meridian should read this book before they call their real estate agent. Reisner mentions irrigating cultures like the Hohokam, the Sumerians, and the Egyptians, and deert frail they ended up being.


Cadillac Desert

I’m happy I read what I did, for this was a topic on which I was wholly ignorant. But it was insensitive on another level and he was criticized for it.

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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water – Marc Reisner – Google Books

CA is an amazing and diverse place that has maintained its beauty despite a few hundred years of rapid resource depletion. Also lots of long lists of dams and their capacity, projects and their ill-fatedness, many mentions of millions of acre-feet.

The additional water deliveries from new major dam or canal projects are typically small and expensive. There are downsides to removal other cadillc cost, however. And the author was very fond of obscure words. We hold our convenient truths to be self-evident — Dangerous ideas in California water California WaterBlog. California and Arizona were in constant dispute about it for many years.

Water mining has become a popular trend around the world, a short-term solution. His book is filled with predictions of disaster. 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.

The message comes through loud and clear.