- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (March 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807004715
- ISBN-13: 978-0807004715
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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“An impeccable history of salmon politics beautifully researched and told with humor, despair, and, always, heart and force and clarity. A must-read.”—Rick Bass, author of Winter: Notes from Montana
“Very few writers have a sufficiently antic tone, an energetic enough intelligence, or a deep enough love to make enjoyable literature out of the ongoing federal crucifixion of the most important salmon river on this planet. Steven Hawley has found a perfect subject for his remarkable gifts.”—David James Duncan, author of The River Why
“After reading Hawley’s very readable Recovering a Lost River, I’m more convinced than ever that U.S. and Canadian government policy toward salmon and steelhead is to extirpate these pesky critters as they are in the way of greedy development, unnecessary dams, illegal profiteering, toxic fish farms, and more useless hatcheries.” —Yvon Chouinard, owner, Patagonia, Inc.
“Read Steven Hawley’s book. Get out a map of America. Find this huge chunk of Idaho and eastern Oregon, through which a river named the Salmon winds, nearly all of it public lands that belong to us all. This is Noah’s Ark for Salmon. This time around Noah is us.”—Carl Pope, executive director, the Sierra Club
“Hawley writes about the Columbia River Basin from every angle, talking to those whom other writers can’t imagine or muster the courage to address. His style is surprisingly humorous for the subject, thought-provoking, truthful, and unpredictable. He gets it.”—Rebecca A. Miles, executive director, the Nez Perce tribe
“Though there are echoes of some extraordinary authors in Recovering a Lost River—Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Edward Abbey—Steven Hawley writes with his own distinctly twenty-first century voice about the inherent value of wild rivers and the environmental and social degradation caused by dams. Read it and learn—and act.”—Michael Baughman, author of A River Seen Right
“Thanks to Hawley’s meticulous research, we now have a new gold standard for banditry and shameless deception in private industry, state governments, and in the very federal agencies charged with safeguarding the biological integrity of our natural world. God help us.”—Paul VanDevelder, author of Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America’s Road to Empire through Indian Territory.
About the Author
Steven Hawley, an environmental journalist, was among the first to write about the historic agreement to tear out Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Maine. Since then, his work has appeared in High Country News, Bear Deluxe, National Fisherman, OnEarth, Arizona Quarterly, the Oregonian, and Missoula Independent. He lives with his family along the Columbia River.
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"Eventually, the eggs, the color of an alpenglow evening and about the size of a coffee bean, will hatch, the egg sac still attached. They are now called alevin..."
"Wheat, timber, and other commodities were being hauled up the river to the mountains of Idaho, while Idaho salmon swam in tanker trucks going the other way..."
"They're capable, I believe, of asking and answering the pointed questions that never quite get addressed in courtrooms and boardrooms as the wealth of the river gets diverted elsewhere. What does the fisherman owe the farmer? What does the data center owe the small town? What do we owe the river?"
Steven Hawley juxtaposes the vitality of the Snake in the past with the dead, channelized river today.
He posits that the river can return somewhat to its previous status as a living river by removing non-working dams.
The personal river journeys that the author recounts here humanize the daunting task of returning the Snake to the way it used to be.