By Monti Aguirre
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 12.
Not everyone knows that the rise of modern environmental legislation started with a river – several of them, in fact.
In the 1960s, after decades of rampant dam-building in the United States, the country’s waterways were suffering. Anglers found fish were becoming scarce in streams that had once been thick with them. Hunters found wildlife increasingly thin on the ground. Rafters found that rapids had been swallowed up by reservoirs, and the West’s great wild rivers had been transformed into stairsteps of stagnant water.