[PDF] Download ☆ Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River | by ✓ Patrick Dearen

By Patrick Dearen | Comments: ( 208 ) | Date: ( Feb 21, 2020 )

Rising at 11,750 feet in the Sangre de Cristo range and snaking 926 miles through New Mexico and Texas to the Rio Grande, the Pecos River is one of the most storied waterways in the American West It is also one of the most troubled In 1942, the National Resources Planning Board observed that the Pecos River basin probably presents a greater aggregation of problems asso Rising at 11,750 feet in the Sangre de Cristo range and snaking 926 miles through New Mexico and Texas to the Rio Grande, the Pecos River is one of the most storied waterways in the American West It is also one of the most troubled In 1942, the National Resources Planning Board observed that the Pecos River basin probably presents a greater aggregation of problems associated with land and water use than any other irrigated basin in the Western U.S In the twenty first century, the river s problems have only multiplied Bitter Waters, the first book length study of the entire Pecos, traces the river s environmental history from the arrival of the first Europeans in the sixteenth century to today Running clear at its source and turning salty in its middle reach, the Pecos River has served as both a magnet of veneration and an object of scorn Patrick Dearen, who has written about the Pecos since the 1980s, draws on than 150 interviews and a wealth of primary sources to trace the river s natural evolution and man s interaction with it Irrigation projects, dams, invasive saltcedar, forest proliferation, fires, floods, flow decline, usage conflicts, water quality deterioration Dearen offers a thorough and clearly written account of what each factor has meant to the river and its prospects As fine grained in detail as it is sweeping in breadth, the picture Bitter Waters presents is sobering but not without hope, as it also extends to potential solutions to the Pecos River s problems and the current efforts to undo decades of damage Combining the research skills of an accomplished historian, the investigative techniques of a veteran journalist, and the engaging style of an award winning novelist, this powerful and accessible work of environmental history may well mark a turning point in the Pecos s fortunes.


  • Title: Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River
  • Author: Patrick Dearen
  • ISBN: 9780806152011
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Patrick Dearen

The author of 23 books and winner of the Spur Award of Western Writers of America, Patrick Dearen was born in 1951 and grew up in the small West Texas town of Sterling City He earned a bachelor of journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and received nine national and state awards as a reporter for two West Texas daily newspapers.An authority on the Pecos and Devils rivers of Texas, Dearen also has gained recognition for his knowledge of old time cowboy life In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he preserved the firsthand accounts of 76 men who cowboyed before 1932 These interviews, along with decades of archival study, have enriched Dearen s thirteen novels and led to ten nonfiction books His new nonfiction work is Bitter Waters The Struggles of the Pecos River, the first environmental history of the Pecos.His newest novel is Dead Man s Boot, a Peacemaker Award finalist and winner of the Will Rogers Bronze Medallion for western fiction Another recent novel of Dearen s is The Big Drift, winner of the 2015 Spur Award for Western Traditional Novel This work is based on the actual big drift of 1884, when a blizzard drove hundreds of thousands of free ranging cattle down from the Great Plains into Texas His other novels include To Hell or the Pecos, as well as Perseverance, set along the rails in Depression era Texas.Dearen has received awards for his books from Western Writers of America, Western Fictioneers, Academy of Western Artists, Will Rogers Medallion, San Antonio Conservation Society, West Texas Historical Association, New Mexico Arizona Book Awards, and Permian Historical Society A backpacking enthusiast and ragtime pianist, he makes his home in Midland, Texas with his wife Mary managing editor of the Midland Reporter Telegram and their son Wesley.



Comments Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River

  • Michelle Lancaster

    NATURE & ECOLOGYPatrick DearenBitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos RiverUniversity of Oklahoma PressHardcover 978-0-8061-5201-1 (also available as an ebook), 256 pgs $29.95March 2016WINNER, 2016 NEW MEXICO-ARIZONA BOOK AWARDThe headwaters of the Pecos originate 13,000 feet up in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of New Mexico. “Fed by snowmelt, springs, and monsoon rains,” writes author Patrick Dearen, “the Pecos plunges over dramatic Pecos Falls within its first four miles and tumb [...]


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