By Patrick Dearen

emerging at 11,750 toes within the Sangre de Cristo diversity and snaking 926 miles via New Mexico and Texas to the Rio Grande, the Pecos River is without doubt one of the so much storied waterways within the American West. it's also some of the most stricken. 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 in simple terms expanded. Bitter Waters, the 1st book-length research of the whole Pecos, lines the river's environmental background from the coming of the 1st Europeans within the 16th century to today.

operating transparent at its resource and turning salty in its center achieve, 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 a hundred and fifty interviews and a wealth of fundamental resources to track the river's normal evolution and man's interplay with it. Irrigation initiatives, dams, invasive saltcedar, woodland proliferation, fires, floods, stream decline, utilization conflicts, water caliber deterioration--Dearen deals a radical and obviously written account of what every one issue has intended to the river and its customers. As fine-grained intimately because it is sweeping in breadth, the image Bitter Waters offers is sobering yet no longer with no wish, because it additionally extends to power recommendations to the Pecos River's difficulties and the present efforts to undo many years of damage.

Combining the learn talents of an comprehensive historian, the investigative concepts of a veteran journalist, and the enticing sort of an award-winning novelist, this robust and available paintings of environmental heritage could mark a turning element within the Pecos's fortunes.

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