"Running Dry" is John Waterman's account of his 1,450-mile trip down the overtaxed and drying Colorado River to reveal a pending ecological calamity and find ways to avert it. Waterman's book will relate the story of the Colorado, the most diverted and litigated River in the world. Siphoned, tunneled, forced into countless canals, and harnessed for electricity, the River is so dammed up that more water evaporates from its reservoirs each year than is found in most major U.S. rivers. His book will shed light on forces exacerbating the River's threatened state, such as population pressures and a drought caused by climate change. This pending crisis is behind Waterman's trip downriver. His journey follows John Wesley Powell (a founder of the NGS) and creates an adventure narrative steeped in history, investigated in present time, and revealing potential solutions for avoiding future disaster in the west. Waterman uses the intimacy of first-person narrative to chronicle his journey - historically never completed - as he paddles and walks hundreds of miles and sleeps on banks above the roaring length of the American Nile.
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 662 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
"An evocative and bold take on a river and what winning the West really means, Waterman's book epitomizes the best of environmental writing." -Booklist
..".through the author's eyes we see how everything beautiful and majestic, and difficult and frightening, about the United States in 2010 is carried in the currents of that river. You can't put it down, and you can't put it aside, without asking yourself: What should I be doing differently?" -2010 Banff Mountain Book Festival, "Best Book-Adventure Travel"