CFWE is blessed to have a diverse and helpful Board of Trustees. All 22 of them are committed to making CFWE the best water education organization in the state of Colorado, and I greatly appreciate their expertise and guidance. Its not surprising that they, like our staff, are a bunch of “water geeks” who spend countless hours in their personal and professional lives thinking about our most important resource.
At each of our three yearly Board meetings, our Board Development Committee Chair, Chris Treese, does a round of introductions so we can learn a bit about each other. At our January meeting, the question asked of each member was “What is your favorite water-related book?” This was such a great list, I wanted to share it with our CFWE readers. I hope you can find one or two titles here that will help get you through the remainder of a cold Colorado winter. Do you have titles to add? If so, please let us know!
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
- The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Dr. Seuss
- Birds of Prey – Wilbur Smith
- The Burning Shore – Wilbur Smith
- Bob Sakata, American Farmer – Daniel Blegen
- Defend and Develop: A Brief History of the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s First 75 Years – Bill McDonald and Tom Cech
- Rivers of Wind: A Western Boyhood Remembered – Gary Perley
- The Colorado Doctrine – David Schorr
- Adrift – Steven Callahan
- Goodbye to a River – John Graves
- The Emerald Mile – Kevin Fedarko
- Milagro Bean Field War – John Nichols
- Crossing the Next Meridian, Land, Water, and the Future of the West – Charles F. Wilkinson
- Written in Water: The Life of Benjamin Harrison Eaton by Jane E. Norris and Lee G. Norris
- Great River, The Rio Grande in North American History – Paul Horgan
- A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean
- The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
- Downriver – Will Hobbs
- River Thunder – Will Hobbs
- Cadillac Desert – Marc Reisner
- The Secret Knowledge of Water – Craig Childs
Patty Limerick’s “A Ditch in Time” gave me a wonderful introduction to the history of Denver’s water and Western water issues.
That one is definitely on my reading list! Thanks for sharing!
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“Little Britches” by Ralph Moody
Karen I had not heard of this series before. It looks so great! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!
Without question, Beyond The 100th Meridian by Wallace Stegner. A brilliantly written and detailed account about the life and times of one of my personal heroes, John Wesley Powell. Those of us who care about the west owe Powell a great deal of thanks in my humble judgment.
Sam you are absolutely right–this is one of my favorite books as well! I actually cannot believe it didn’t make this list, but so glad you added it!
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