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She is a good student and wants to get an early acceptance to a prestigious university. Ethan is a new student and the two have more than a study relationship. They find out that they both have home situations that are different than the norm: Ethan's younger sister struggles with cystic fibrosis and, like Tee's father, hospital and doctor visits are a part of life.

Tee's father loved the outdoors and was working with her to build a canoe. It's left unfinished in the garage and it's a reminder of the past. Tee knows she's got to move forward, but where does her father fit in? How about her mother, too, who is longing for the family that she once had?. There are more tragedies ahead, as well.

Can Tee rebuild what has been broken and also finish what's been started? It's one of the best I've read in a long time. I found myself wondering what Tee was going to do. This book was full of unpredictability and surprises. This book's theme appeared to be that even though relationships can change over time, love remains and you have to see it in a different light. I highly recommend this book! Apr 16, Bniceygresham rated it really liked it. This is about a girl whose father gets hit by a drunk driver and leaves him in an almost vegetative state.

When her father finally comes out of the coma, he has the mind and the memory of a child. Throughout the book he gains his memory back but its not enough because the girl is facing many more problems than that. She thought senior year was supposed to be easy with a canoing trip but that was before she met Ethan, Ellie, and Dr. She has to realize things on her own although nothing This is about a girl whose father gets hit by a drunk driver and leaves him in an almost vegetative state.

The Secretary General stressed that NATO is prepared to help Libya build effective security institutions, including a modern Ministry of Defence and effective security services under the civilian control of the government. This would be done at the request of the Libyan government and only when the security conditions allow it. During his visit, Mr. All Allies reiterated that there is no military solution to the current crisis in Libya.

Well, to start, he was an absolute madman. Imagine a one-armed Civil War veteran turned college professor who, in , decides to take four boats down the Green River, into the Colorado, and through the Grand Canyon. At the time, no one had even come close to achieving this feat. The rivers were truly unknown and unknowable to Powell.

He could have encountered a waterfall as extreme as Niagara Falls at any point along the way, and died instantly. And, to compound this uncertainty, Powell undertook the journey in four wooden boats, never having run a rapid before, with an entire crew of men who had also never run a rapid before. Somehow, Powell and most of his crew survived the three-month journey. Only two days later, Powell and the remaining crew finished their journey, having run the intimidating rapids without issue. The journey is what Powell is famous for, but his later reports are what make him a prophet of water in the west.

In one of the best examples of a mislaid prophecy, an Army lieutenant, on seeing the Grand Canyon, reported:. The region last explored is, of course, altogether valueless. It can be approached only from the south, and after entering it there is nothing to do but leave. Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality. It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed. But by the s, westward expansion was in full swing. Think Field of Dreams, but for farming.

The idea was that once people started farming in dry regions, rain would naturally come.

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When you plowed soil, even very bad and seemingly un-arable soil, the plowing would just automatically release trapped moisture into the atmosphere. This was, of course, nonsense.

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The Homestead Acts were granting western lands to people but also to corporations, and with very high rates of fraud in acre tracts. But acres was too large a tract to productively irrigate, and too small a tract to use as unirrigated land in the west. And, Powell calculated, even if you put every ounce of freshwater in the western U. He pushed for a slow, orderly, well-researched expansion of irrigated agriculture using publicly-constructed dams to collect and store water.

And, rather than the eastern U. Finally, Powell recommended organizing our political boundaries to facilitate the communal use and cooperative regulation of water resources. That is, he thought state boundaries in the west should conform to watersheds. In the early- and midth century, the U. But much of this building was driven less by need for water storage and electrical power than by competition for funding between two giant federal bureaucracies.

The beneficiaries of the dam-building extravaganza were largely agricultural interests in the surrounding areas. More dams than could possibly be justified meant relatively large water stores. A combination of the mythology around small American farmers and the reality of agribusiness lobbying power meant that agricultural interests could reap direct benefits from these federal projects, mostly through heavily subsidized water, power prices, and food control.

This is not to say that all dams are bad or unnecessary—they are a valuable water management and power-generating tool. But a lot of dams that exist right now are both bad and unnecessary. The western U. Most of the west now uses a prior appropriation system for allocating water rights rather than a riparian system. This means that water rights are divorced from land ownership: Anyone who can access water can make a claim to it, and those claims operate on a first come, first served basis.

So if water sources dry up, the senior rights holders are the most protected, while newer users are left out to dry, both figuratively and literally. Like dams, this is not an unreasonable system on its own. But it has combined with crafty capital and legal maneuvering to disastrous effect. First, to hold your water right, you have to use it. Throughout the west, water systems have seen the complete loss of native wildlife populations and increasingly compromised water supplies, as water is taken out of rivers to irrigate land and returned to the water system in lower quantities and with higher salt content.

Second, water rights can be purchased and the water diverted far away. They involve spies within the Bureau of Reclamation, lies and grift and outright theft to obtain water rights, locals dynamiting the L. An additional part of the puzzle that Powell failed to foresee was the use of groundwater.

Massive underground aquifers underlie much of the U. The problem, of course, is that groundwater is largely a non-renewable resource. Depending on the type of aquifer, it might recharge slowly or not at all. And have we managed this non-renewable resource in a reasonable way to preserve it for as long as possible? Spoiler: We have not. In fact, officials in charge of regulating groundwater have always been well aware that it was a non-renewable resource, and decided to exhaust it anyway.


Are you going to leave it in the ground? California is a particularly depressing example of harm wrought by greedy water policies.

Groundwater extraction in California has been largely unregulated for most of its history, and as a result the central valley of the state is literally sinking.