By Patrick Dearen

emerging at 11,750 ft within the Sangre de Cristo variety and snaking 926 miles via New Mexico and Texas to the Rio Grande, the Pecos River is likely one of the such a lot storied waterways within the American West. it's also probably the most bothered. In 1942, the nationwide assets making plans Board saw that the Pecos River basin "probably offers a better aggregation of difficulties linked to land and water use than the other irrigated basin within the Western united states" within the twenty-first century, the river's difficulties have purely expanded. Bitter Waters, the 1st book-length examine of the complete Pecos, strains the river's environmental heritage from the arriving of the 1st Europeans within the 16th century to today.

working transparent at its resource and turning salty in its heart succeed in, the Pecos River has served as either a magnet of veneration and an item of scorn. Patrick Dearen, who has written concerning the Pecos because the Eighties, attracts on greater than one hundred fifty interviews and a wealth of fundamental resources to track the river's typical evolution and man's interplay with it. Irrigation tasks, dams, invasive saltcedar, wooded area proliferation, fires, floods, stream decline, utilization conflicts, water caliber deterioration--Dearen deals a radical and obviously written account of what each one issue has intended to the river and its clients. As fine-grained intimately because it is sweeping in breadth, the image Bitter Waters provides is sobering yet now not with out desire, because it additionally extends to power suggestions to the Pecos River's difficulties and the present efforts to undo a long time of damage.

Combining the learn abilities of an comprehensive historian, the investigative suggestions of a veteran journalist, and the enticing form of an award-winning novelist, this robust and obtainable paintings of environmental background may possibly mark a turning aspect within the Pecos's fortunes.

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