David Owen Author Event
Author of Where the Water Goes
Wednesday, April 19th at 7pm
Water problems in the Western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers. In WHERE THE WATER GOES: LIFE AND DEATH ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER (Riverhead Books, April 11, 2017) New Yorker writer and author of the illuminating Green Metropolis David Owen takes a closer look at a vast man-made ecosystem around the Colorado River that is far more complex and interesting than the headlines let on.
The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States. It supplies water to thirty-six million people, eight major cities, and six million acres of farmland. It powers hydroelectric plants, fills the country's two biggest man-made reservoirs, and supports recreational activities worth $26 billion a year. So much water gets diverted from the Colorado as it winds through the southwest that its historical delta, once a verdant wetland, has become a million-acre desert. In WHERE THE WATER GOES, Owen takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of man-made waterways, back roads, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.-Mexico border where the river runs dry.
Owen’s story is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert, and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails. This is a Cadillac Desert for the twenty-first century: an engaging and informative account of the American West's water crisis that students, policy makers, and anyone who's curious and concerned about water will turn to for years to come.
Water shortages in the American West are not going away, and crises of scarcity continue to be a problem worldwide. It's a complex problem in need of a compelling narrative to help readers understand its true nature and impact, and WHERE THE WATER GOES does just that. We hope you find it as engaging, unsettling, and informative as we do.
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A downstream adventure into the heart of one of America's most important water systems examining where our water comes from and where it all goes