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Fish versus Power
An Environmental History of the Fraser River

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Part of Studies in Environment and History

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521041034

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  • Amid contemporary debates over large dam development and declines in fisheries, this book offers a case study of a river basin where development decisions did not ultimately dam the river, but rather conserved its salmon. Although the case is local, the implications of this environmental history of the Fraser River (British Columbia), and the attempts to dam it for power and defend it for salmon, are global. Matthew Evenden explores the transnational forces that affected the river, the changing knowledge and practices of science, and the role of environmental change in influencing environmental debate.

    • First scholarly book on Fraser in some time
    • Environmental history of a river and fisheries that develops transnational and comparative themes
    • Stands in stark contrast to the history of the Columbia river, with emphasis on non-human intervention, rather than environmentally destructive actions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Evenden approaches the story of hydroelectric power from a fresh angle. [...] Unlike many other environemtnal histories, Evenden's book offers a relatively hopeful tale, one where a balance between technological progress and preservation is struck." National Post, Canada

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521041034
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 10 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, figures, photographs and maps
    List of abbreviations
    1. 'A rock of disappointment'
    2. Damming the tributaries
    3. Remaking hells gate
    4. Pent-up energy
    5. The power of aluminium
    6. Fish versus power
    7. The politics of science

  • Author

    Matthew D. Evenden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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