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WEYERHAEUSER ENVIRONMENTAL BOOKS William Cronon, Editor Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books explore human relationships with natural environments in all their variety and complexity. They seek to cast new light on the ways that natural systems aªect human communities, the ways that people aªect the environments of which they are a part, and the ways that diªerent cultural conceptions of nature profoundly shape our sense of the world around us. A complete listing of the books in the series appears at the end of this book. MAP 1. HELLS CANYON COUNTRY: The Salmon River, below Hells Canyon, still nurses the Northwest’s principal salmon runs. Idaho Power’s dams extinguished migratory fish runs from all rivers upstream. Map by Barry Levely. Public Power, Private Dams THE HELLS CANYON HIGH DAM CONTROVERSY Karl Boyd Brooks FOREWORD BY WILLIAM CRONON UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESS Seattle and London Public Power, Private Dams: The Hells Canyon High Dam Controversy has been published with the assistance of a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Endowment, established by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, members of the Weyerhaeuser family, and Janet and Jack Creighton.© 2006 by the University of Washington Press Printed in the United States of America 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 5 4 3 2 1 Designed by Pamela Canell All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. University of Washington Press PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Brooks, Karl Boyd. Public power, private dams : the Hells Canyon High Dam controversy / Karl Boyd Brooks ; foreword by William Cronon. p. cm.—(Weyerhaeuser environmental books) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 0-295-98597-6 (hardback : alk. paper) 1. Dams—Snake River (Wyo.–Wash.)—Public opinion—History— 20th century. 2. Dams—Hells Canyon (Idaho and Or.)—Public opinion—History—20th century. 3. Hydroelectric power plants— Hells Canyon (Idaho and Or.)—Political aspects—History—20th century. 4. Environmental policy—United States—History—20th century. 5. Private companies—United States—Privileges and immunities—History—20th century. 6. Idaho Power Company— History—20th century. 7. Nature conservation—United States— History—20th century. I. Title. II. Weyerhaeuser environmental book. tc557.3.s63b76 2006 333.91'4097957—dc22 2005034678 The paper used in this publication is acid-free and 90 percent recycled from at least 50 percent post-consumer waste. It meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ansi z39.48–1984.8A TO MY MOTHER AND MY FATHER ...