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"In an energizing mix of travelogue and investigative journalism, Hansman, a raft guide and environmental reporter, provides a straightforward elucidation of the mind-bogglingly complicated subject of water rights in the American West. . . . Travel enthusiasts will appreciate Hansman's descriptions of her rafting exploits, love of wildlife, and admiration for the power of water, while policy advocates will mull over her thought-provoking insight into the West's water conundrum."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Hansman delivers a worthy updating of a core library containing such works as Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert and Philip Fradkin's A River No More. An insightful look into the unsustainability of western waterways."

"Heather Hansman's new book is a must-read for anyone who loves rivers or is concerned about the future of the West . . . The river carries Hansman through Wyoming ranches, natural-gas fields, cities, and national parks, and she finds that seemingly everyone wants a piece of its pie. So she follows her curiosity, learning where the water goes--and who's fighting over what."

"Whether you're a westerner or not, you'll be caught up in the hustle and flow of this universal story, one that has rippling effects on our entire country."

"[Downriver] is a blend of personal narrative, water policy research and on-the-ground reporting in the rural West. It's about her growing comfort with solitude, the technicalities that define a water right, and the people she met along the way. But it's also a testament to how recreation can serve as a door to learning and an opportunity to engage with big issues that paddlers--and all outdoorspeople, including climbers, skiers, hikers, surfers--tend to be passionate about."
(REI Blog)

"Heather Hansman wants her readers to connect the dots between water use, natural
resources, and human impact"
(Sunset Magazine)

"Hansman is willing to interrogate her own assumptions, to speak to people with differing views, and to allow western water issues to become more complicated, not less, as she moves down the river. She explores the sticky parts of western water policy, just as she explore the less-loved sections of the Green."
(Melissa Sevigny, author of Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest)

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"Heather Hansman's account of her 730-mile solo raft trip down the Green River is more than a terrific adventure story. She ably explains why water in the West doesn't concern only the West and why simple answers to water questions are never as simple as they seem."
(David Owen, author of Where the Water Goes)

"History, politics, science, reportage, and adventure all whirl together in Downriver, a deeply researched and intimate exploration of water's uncertain fate in the American West. In this narrative journey along the Green River, Heather Hansman navigates turbulent waters and diverse worldviews with compassion, grit, and an overriding respect for complexity. This book is graced with insights that can only be won with a paddle in hand and a sense of our collective future at stake."
(Kate Harris, author of Lands of Lost Borders)

"In her journey down the Green River, Heather Hansman brilliantly captures the complexity of the Colorado River through the lens of its largest tributary.  Her balanced and thoughtful investigation into the river's many usesthe colorful characters that depend on it,and those who have dedicated careers to it will leave readers questioning their own biases and wanting to learn more about the landscape, its people, and its future. Downriver is a must read for those interested in the Colorado River and the future of the West."
(Matt Rice, Director, Colorado River Basin Program)

"Hansman is the best river guide you'll ever have--smart, informed, curious, observant. A trip not to be missed."
(Steve Olson, author of Mapping Human History)

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