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By: William R Lowry
306 pages, B/w photos, tabs
American rivers are suffering from poor water quality, altered flows, and diminished natural habitat. Current efforts by policymakers to change the ways American rivers are managed range from the removal of dams to the simulation of seasonal flows to the restoration of habitat, all with varying degrees of success. Lowry looks at how public policy and rivers interact, examines the physical differences in rivers that affect policies, and analyzes the political differences among the groups that use them. He argues that we are indeed moving into an era of restoration, and seeks to understand the political circumstances that affect the degree of restoration.
Dam Politics is a greatly useful contribution to the literature on dams and rivers. Lowry's writing style makes for easy reading, and the pages are filled with facts, history, politics, policy, and personalities. Readers involved in their own particular river or locality will find meaty information about other similar places and issues, and this surely is the best indicator of the utility of the book. This volume is likely to have a lasting and positive influence on river restoration. [Dam Politics] is not only a fine read, it is a great service. -- Ecological Restoration
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