Columbia River Basin
Bibliography for Snake River Basin Expedition ’14


These resources were used in preparation for
the 2014 NWNL Snake River Expedition.
NWNL does not consider this a comprehensive list,
and thus welcomes any further recommendations.

Alt, David D., and Donald W. Hyndman. A Roadside Geology of Washington. Missoula MT: Mountainside Press Publishing Co., 2007. A good description, road by road, of mapped evidence today of the Missoula Floods and Palouse Loess.

Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate. Chapter on Hells Canyon tells of involvement by US Senate and Frank Church and its protection by National Wilderness Act as a quid pro quo for Civil Rights.

Hawley, Steven. Recovering a Lost River: Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon and Revitalizing Communities. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011.

Petersen, Keith and Mary E. Reed. Controversy, Conflict and Compromise: A History of the Lower Snake River Development. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995. Prepared for Walla Walla District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Peterson, Keith. River of Life, Channel of Death: Fish and Dams on the Lower Snake. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2011. The author, a Washington State Univ. historian, was hired to write a history of the Lower Snake River Dams by Northwest Power Planning Council. When NPPC rescinded its support, he self-published.

Roberge, Earl (text and photography). Those Snake River Dams. Walla Walla WA: Gray Fox Press, 2001. The author combines the strength of photographs and the history of the Snake River to probe the controversies that prevail over human use of this river.

Smith, Douglas W., and Gary Ferguson. Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone. Guilford CT: Lyons Press, 2005. The ecological story of the 1995–96 wolf reintroduction and analysis of wolf behavior unimpeded by human settlement.

12th Western States Water Council (Rebecca Miles, Exec. Dir.). Snake River Basin Adjudication: Nez Perce Tribe Water Rights. Native American Rights Fund, 2011. Slide show describing history of Nez Perce treaties and agreements on fish and water, elements they claim as basic to their culture as the air they breathe.

Resources on Broader Issues, also focusing on the Snake River Basin

Chouinard, Yvon, et al. DamNation: A Film. By Patagonia, Inc., 2014. This film examines the diminished need today for the four Lower Snake Dams, as it tells of the history and decommissioning of New England, Elwha and White Salmon River dams.

Egan, Timothy. The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. The history of Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, founding of the National Forest Service and the debate over whether “the rights of the public to the national resources outweigh private rights.”

Fifer, Barbara, and Vicky Soderberg. Along the Trail with Lewis and Clark. Helena MT: Montana Magazine, 2001. Interesting map-correlated insights from these early 19th century explorers.

Harden, Blaine. A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Analysis of competing interests within the entire basin between producers of electricity (BPA), irrigators and bargers and salmon fishery advocates.

Montgomery, David R. King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon. Cambridge MA: Westview Press, 2003. The author, a geologist, writes of how the last 1000 years of human impacts on land and water have affected salmon populations in the UK, New England and the Pacific Northwest.

Palmer, Tim. The Columbia: Sustaining a Modern Resource. Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1997. This photographer uses imagery and text to stress the spiritual beauty and value of the Columbia River, the threats to its watershed’s forests, salmon and land, and possible sustainable solutions.