4:53 am - Wednesday January 24, 2018

Water Politics in a Time of Drought

Ironically, most narratives about water are pretty dry. Not this one! Patty Limerick is not only a brilliant thinker, she is a brilliant writer. Her wit is rampant, her ability to discern her readers’ desire verges on clairvoyance. Wet your lips for a great read!
-John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Tracing the origins and growth of the Denver Water Department, this fascinating history of water and its unique role in the West, as well as in the nation, reveals the shrewd forethought of the region’s earliest politicians and entrepreneurs in securing water, both then and now, for Colorado’s growing population.

From American Indians’ relationship with water and the unlikely promise American explorer Zebulon Pike saw in western aridity in 1806 to the rise of environmentalism and Denver Water’s quirky conservation efforts (“Only Wash the Stinky Parts”), authors Patricia Limerick and Jason Hanson acquaint readers not only with how the Front Range obtained and continues to get its water, but also with the region’s developments in public health and safety, dam construction, water law, and business ethics, and the colorful cast of characters that made it all possible.

A Ditch in Time raises questions about the complex relationship among cities, suburbs, and rural areas, allowing us to consider this precious resource and its past, present, and future with both optimism and realism.

Patricia Nelson Limerick is the faculty director and board chair of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a professor of history and environmental studies. She currently serves as the vice president for the teaching division of the American Historical Association. Her most widely read book, The Legacy of Conquest, is in its twenty-fifth year of publication.

Jason L. Hanson is a member of the research faculty at the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where his work focuses on natural resource use and the environment. He lives in Denver.

Upcoming Events for this Title:
Center for the American West: Boulder, CO
September 5, 2012, 6:30PM
Book launch party and signing.

WHA Annual Conference: Denver, CO
October 4-7, 2012
Presentation and book signing.
Books will be available.

Tattered Cover: LoDo, Denver, CO
October 23, 2012, 6:30PM
Presentation and book signing.
Books will be available.



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