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Where the Water Goes Audiobook

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

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A brilliant, eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado's headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes listeners on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the US-Mexico border where the river runs dry.

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. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on.

The story Owen tells in Where the Water Goes 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.

©2017 David Owen (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    "great read if interested in the Colorado river"

    great read if interested in the Colorado river, especially if you've already ready the classic western water book, Cadillac Desert.

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    Darien 05-05-17
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    "Wonderful book, narration had some issues"

    This was a fascinating book. It was well researched and the author did an excellent job of explaining a very complicated topic. Unfortunately the narrator mispronounced multiple words. The one that annoyed me the most was the fact that he pronounced the "g" in saguaro, a common but not one I expect in a professionally narrated book.

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    "Of two or three really good books about water this might be the best"

    This book is not only richly comprehensive and informative but terrifically entertaining. Not to be missed.

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