Public power private dams the hells canyon high dam controversy weyerhaeuser environmental books karl boyd brooks william cronon on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in the years following world war ii the worlds biggest dam was almost built in hells canyon on the snake river in idaho karl boyd brooks tells the story of the dam controversy. Public power private dams provides a thorough discussion of the controversies surrounding the hells canyon high dam with a detailed examination of the regional and national forces that struggled over the dam how their differing visions of the future were embodied in developmental alternatives and how the regions salmon runs and tribes and . In the years following world war ii the worlds biggest dam was almost built in hells canyon on the snake river in idaho karl boyd brooks tells the story of the dam controversy which became a referendum not only on public power expansion but also on the environmental implications of the new deals natural resources and economic policy. Before the opposition to dams was linked to the preservation of wild species and wild places hells canyon tipped the balance of power eventually the dispute led to new legal definitions of the public interest that included protection for migrating fish public power private dams concludes with an irony that will appeal to historians of . Private power critics of the hells canyon high dam posed difficult questions about the implications of damming rivers to create power and to grow crops activists attorneys and scientists pioneered legal tactics and political rhetoric that would help to define the environmental movement in the 1960s
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