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The Future of Utah's Water Resources
Edited by Hal Crimmel
Nature and Environment / Utah
Hal Crimmel has brought scientific research together with the experienced voices of environmental social scientists, humanists, and activists to provide a broad perspective on Utah water issues. The matters discussed are relevant beyond this one state, as similar conditions and concerns—especially over supply and demand in the face of demographic and climate change—exist throughout the West. Some of the essays are scientific and analytical; others literary and personal. Together they draw attention to problems that Utah residents and legislators must address but also emphasize ways to build solutions. Desert Water will help citizens, policy makers, and anyone interested in Utah’s water supply and use understand the real challenges—and ethics—involved in managing this vital, finite resource. By increasing awareness, these essays should create a sense of urgency for finding workable solutions.
Hal Crimmel is Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of English at Weber State University. He is author of Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers, editor of Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom (University of Utah Press, 2003), and coeditor of Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land.
Hal Crimmel, with documentary filmmaker Isaac Goeckeritz, wrote, filmed, and produced two films based on chapters from his book, Desert Water. To view them, click on the links below.
Great Salt Lake
A New Water Ethic
Table of Contents:
List of Figures
Introduction ~ Hal Crimmel
1. The Coming Challenge: Population Growth and Water Decline ~ Eric C. Ewert
2. The Miracle at the End of the Line ~ Stephen Trimble
3. Bear River: Learning from a River That Closes Our Circle ~ Craig Denton
4. The Restoration of All Things: The Case of the Provo River Delta ~ George Handley
5. Climate Change and the Future of Great Salt Lake ~ Daniel Bedford
6. Chicken Little’s New Career: How Utah’s Water Development Industry Sows False Fears and Misinformation ~ Zachary Frankel
7. Time to Rethink Policy: Ideas for Improving the Health of Great Salt Lake ~ Rob Dubuc
8. The Colorado: Archetypal River ~ Brooke Williams
9. Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus ~ Sara Dant
10. The Return of Glen Canyon: The Beginning of a More Sustainable Future for the Colorado ~ Annette McGivney
11. Land of 20,000 Wells: Impacts on Water from Oil and Gas Development in Eastern Utah ~ Hal Crimmel
12. Moving Water ~ Jana Richman
13. A New Water Ethic ~ Daniel McCool
List of Contributors
Praise and Reviews:
“Extremely well-rounded, representing a variety of approaches to water in arid Utah.”
—Michael D. Burke, professor of English, Colby College.
“The contributors to Desert Water present a clear-eyed look at history and the unreal present in hopes of averting the coming train wreck of waste, climate change, and intractable politics. Yet everywhere the love of Utah’s rivers and landscapes seeps through, inspiring a sense of urgency and hope that we can do better. This examination of Utah’s particulars is relevant wherever water is precious and finite—that is, everywhere in the West.”
—Bradley John Monsma, author of The Sespe Wild: Southern California’s Last Free River
“[This book] ought to be required reading for everyone in the state.”
—The Salt Lake Tribune
“For anyone interested in learning more about the condition of water resources in Utah,Desert Water is an overall valuable resource.... It offers a fair evaluation of pressing issues and conservation motivations from a multitude of perspectives.”
—University of Denver Water Law Review