The Life and Death of an American River, Updated and Expanded Edition
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
240 Pages, 6.00 x 8.00 in, 77 halftones
- 9780826352477 | October 2012
For sixty million years, the Gila River, longer than the Hudson and the Delaware combined, has shaped the ecology of the Southwest from its source in New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River in Arizona. Today, for at least half its length, the Gila is dead, like so many of the West's great rivers, owing to overgrazing, damming, and other practices. This richly documented cautionary tale narrates the Gila's natural and human history. Now updated, McNamee's study traces recent efforts to resuscitate portions of this important riparian corridor.
"This beautifully researched and written tome tackles the once mighty Gila River, its origin and its death, and contextualizes with aplomb what killed it and who suffered and what's next."--"40 Essential Arizona Books," Tucson Weekly