Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River by Gary Hansen

By Gary Hansen

Provide Stevens, a mid-level supervisor for the Bureau of Reclamation, in basic terms desired to construct dams. He by no means imagined he will be swept right into a determined race opposed to an environmental terrorist bent on restoring the Colorado River by means of blowing up the dams. Left briefly accountable for the Bureau, furnish needs to react while the 1st dam is attacked. He faces the unthinkable activity of mitigating the big flood roaring down the Colorado. The flood will finally threaten the potent Hoover Dam, and if Hoover fails, the opposite dams downstream will fall like dominos. operating with the FBI, provide makes use of his engineering talents, river wisdom, and lots of intestine intuition in an try to outmaneuver the terrorist. The chase will lead the entire means downstream to the Gulf of California in a cat and mouse video game the place the stakes are excessive and the possibility of destruction is big.

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Grant leaned forward and looked up and down the neighborhood. His neighbors all kept their lawns watered and green. He wondered how many of his neighbors were concerned about a water shortage in the west. It was not unusual for the Colorado River to be in drought conditions. After all, the Colorado and its tributaries watered the bulk of the southwestern states, from Wyoming to California, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Grant knew about the drought even before the reporter said so.

S. government, the Bureau of Reclamation fell under the Department of the Interior. And Howard had come from Interior six months before. He was neither recruited nor interviewed. At the Bureau, it was inconceivable to become a manager without an engineering degree. But, by the early eighties, as the Bureau became less engineering oriented and more water management oriented, managers with MBAs had become the norm. Yet, Howard was neither an engineer nor a businessman. His education was the worst sort of training for actually accomplishing anything in life - he was a lawyer.

For a moment he had forgotten this trip was supposed to be fun. The first few days on the river had been easy, no real rapids, just a relaxing drift down the canyon. But today was different, multiple series of big rapids culminating in nearly capsizing and losing Judy. It had scared him. He realized the river now intimidated him. To begin having fun again, he needed to change his attitude. He looked across at Afram who was laughing to himself about something. He looked back at Sam and Becky who seemed more concerned with each other than the river.

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