By Russell Martin
During this vintage narrative background of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental circulate we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft heritage Prize, Martin's publication is obtainable back in a brand new version with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the removing of hydroelectric dams developed through the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam remains to be on the vortex of controversy, either due to its effect on ecological strategies downstream and its drowning of usual landscapes in the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and proper this present day because it used to be whilst it was once first released.
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Extra resources for A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle for the soul of the West
It was back in 1938 that Norman Nevills, an exuberant thirty-year-old from a remote hamlet called Mexican Hat, Utah, had collected $250 from each of four far-flung passengers to conduct them in wooden boats of his own unusual design down the Green River to the confluence with the Colorado, then on through Cataract, Glen, Marble, and Grand canyons to the headwaters of Lake Mead, a trip punctuated by rough water, meager rations, and more than a few rifts between the several strong-willed personalities in tow, but one that nonetheless convinced Nevills that a career awaited him on the Southwest's rivers.
At Hall's, the official party was waitingthe director of the Reclamation Service, the chief engineer of the topographic branch of the USGS, Secretary Hoover's representative in his regretted absence, the heads of a variety of railroads and power companies, a press contingent, and, of course, several commission members. Although the low water caused the outboards to clog periodically with silt, the downstream trip went smoothly. The group visited Anasazi ruins, which in those days more commonly were called Moqui sites, and an abandoned gold dredge rotting away in mid-river, and some of the party even hiked the six miles to the impossibly large and lovely stone arch known as Rainbow Bridge.
Dominy and the Bureau of Reclamation had been more than willing to cooperate. Bureau engineers were in the business of designing and building dams, after all, and Dominya charismatic kind of autocrat who liked to explain, with a grin, that he was a simple public servantpersonally relished the irony that this time it was the conservationists who demanded a dam, a structure that otherwise they were invariably quick to despise. If Congress appropriated the money, Dominy would be glad to build the conservationists an impoundment they could call their own.
A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle for the soul of the West by Russell Martin