Deadbeat Dams, subtitled, Why We Should Abolish the Bureau of Reclamation and Tear Down Glen Canyon Dam,
is not a radical book written to incite Earthfirst!-ers to pick up axes
and sticks of dynamite and head out toward Lake Powell and the cement
wall that holds back the Colorado River.
It is instead an insightful book, written by a former Commissioner of
the Bureau of Reclamation, that begins with a brief history of dam
building in this country and goes on to reveal, documented with facts,
how this outdated, incredibly expensive industry and its promoters are
costing each of us, as taxpayers, huge amounts of money in subsidies in
order to continue what has become a colossal failure: A waste of water
that results in the destruction of our natural resources for the benefit
of a small Water Nobility wielding the power. . . . Read Susan's complete review of this book in Kudos »
Deadbeat Dams informs and educates people about how their tax dollars are being used and misused, why we are ignoring some immediate problems, and what can be done to correct this state of affairs. The faults of the present system of federally assisted water management efforts are amply detailed. And a series of specific changes are suggested to re-direct water policy decision-making and implementation. These reforms show how we can extract the federal government from worthless activities that cost millions of taxpayer dollars and provide little or no benefit an agenda for reform that can be used as ammunition by a new generation of water reformers.