A vivid chapter in the saga of the California water wars, The River Stops Here documents state and federal plans to flood the largest, most fertile valley in Mendocino County to send water south to Los Angeles. The eventual success of Richard Wilson, a rancher in Round Valley, to stop the project is the heart of this compelling story.
The River Stops Here Saving Round Valley, A Pivotal Chapter in California’s Water Wars
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Table of Contents
Map: Corps of Engineers' Plan for Round Valley
Map: Water Systems in California
1. In the Wake of the Flood
2. "We Like to Leave a Clean Floor."
3. "Oh Shame, Shame! Where Is Thy Blush ... ?"
4. "As Far as I'm Concerned, They Can Have It."
5. "Go for the Best Deal You Can Get."
6. Timber, Gold, and the Railroad
7. "They Have Stolen the Unearned Increment."
8. Strange Fruit
9. Another Country
10. "Well, I'm Braggin' a Bit Here ... "
11. A Rancher in a Stained Hat
12. An Invitation to Battle
13. Curt Lights Up
14. How the Corps Lost Its Innocence
15. A Flood of Praise and Ridicule
16. Wish-wash at the Courthouse and Hogwash at the Fair
17. Dr. Brown Flies the Eel
18. What Is Wilderness Worth?
19. The Steelhead Jumps and Gardner Delivers
20. Leading Ike to the Water
21. Spring in Round Valley
22. Scuttling Belotti
23. The Brody Bunch
24. And the Maps Came Tumbling Down
25. "Let Me Tell You About Those Fish Guys."
26. Famous Amos and the Doody Report
27. Ike Hits the Roof
28. Ike and Gianelli Fight It Out
29. Reagan Decides ... or Does He?
30. The Aftermath
Does the Water Story Ever End? An Afterword