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Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Rivers and Dams Chapter 2 A Delicate Balance Chapter 3 Changing the Flow of Water Chapter 4 The Beginnings of River Protection Chapter 5 The Movement to Save Rivers Chapter 6 National Rivers Chapter 7 Politics and the Problems of Water Development Chapter 8 A New Era Chapter 9 Needs and Alternatives Chapter 10 The Last Wealth Chapter 11 The Second Generation of River Conservation Chapter 12 Rivers in the Twenty-First Century Part 13 Sources Part 14 Organizations Involved in River Protection

About the Author

Tim Palmer has been involved in river protection since 1970 as a writer, photographer, planner, conservationist, speaker, and consultant. He is the author of 14 books on rivers and conservation, and speaks frequently to college classes and public audiences nationwide.


A deft mix of history, painstakingly accurate research, and insightful comment on the politics and policy of river conservation . . . as much a classic in its field as was Rachel Carson's Silent Spring or Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac. * Sacramento Bee * Palmer is an eloquent river advocate and an insightful historian. Endangered Rivers is an important contribution to environmental history, placing river protection within the broader conservation movement for the first time. * Pacific Historical Review * Tim Palmer tells the story of river conservation better than anyone else. This vitally needed and meticulous update of our movement's history comes just in time for the biggest battles yet. Everyone who cares about saving a river they love should keep a copy of Endangered Rivers handy for inspiration. -- Rebecca Wodder, president, American Rivers This work is a great source for environmental statistics. . . . This volume will continue to be a standard environmental resource for another 20 years. Recommended. * CHOICE * An excellent historical overview of rivers as a whole . . . should be considered [an] essential addition to any college-level collection. * Midwest Book Review * Rivers have played a major role in giving form to the American conservation movement, and perhaps the single most enduring virtue of Tim Palmer's book is that he documents this fact with greater clarity and detail than anyone before him has ever attempted; he has written what can only be described as the definitive work on the subject. A tremendously important addition to the literature of conservation. * Orion *

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