The Green River is the most significant tributary of the Colorado River. Journalist Heather Hansman floated the Green in a pack raft to explore water issues in the American West, then wrote a fascinating book about her journey. We also talk to Heather about her reporting on water issues on the Navajo Nation. Heather’s new book, “Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns, and the Future of Chasing Snow” was released this month.
|Heather Hansman, author and water journalist|
Heather‘s writing appears in such publications as The Guardian, Sierra and The New York Times, and she is is an environmental columnist for Outside online. Her 2019 book “Downriver: into the Future of Water in the West” explored the western U.S. water system during a trip down the length of the Green River. Her latest book book “Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns, and the Future of Chasing Snow” was released in November of 2021.
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|What inspired the trip for “Downriver?”|
The 2019 book chronicled Hansman’s paddle down the length of the Green River, a tributary of the Colorado.
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|Favorite parts of river trip? (9:15)|
|What attracted you to water journalism? (13:17)|
|Are there misconceptions about water you need to deal with? (17:05)|
|Water Words: ‘Riparian rights’ (20:33)|
|Reporting on tribal water issues on the Little Colorado (23:03)|
|What do you think about water resources in a drying Colorado River Basin? (31:22)|
|New book: “Powder Days”|
The book is described as “an exhilarating journey into the hidden history of American skiing, offering a glimpse into an underexplored subculture from the perspective of a true insider.”
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|What’s the snow picture for the Colorado Basin? (36:16)|
|What’s the role of the recreation industry in addressing environmental challenges? (38:09)|
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