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Echo Park Dam Controversy

  • Anti-Dam Brochure, 1955

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    This brochure was published by the Council of Conservationists, one of the conservationist groups that united in the mid-1950s to halt the development of a proposed dam at Echo Park inside Dinosaur National Monument. In addition to advocating for preservation of the park's natural beauty, the brochure emphasizes the amount of money the dam would cost taxpayers and calls for readers to write members of Congress asking them to oppose the dam.
    Anti-Dam Brochure, 1955
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Mark W.T. Harvey, A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000).

Mark W.T. Harvey, "Battle for Dinosaur: Echo Park Dam and the Birth of the Modern Wilderness Movement," Montana: The Magazine of Western History 45 (Winter 1995).

Mark W.T. Harvey, "Echo Park, Glen Canyon, and the Postwar Wilderness Movement," Pacific Historical Review 60 (February 1991).

Additional Information: 

Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind, 5th ed. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014).

James Lawrence Powell, Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).

Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, rev. ed. (New York: Viking Penguin, 1993).