Damming the Delaware

The Rise and Fall of Tocks Island Dam

By (author) Richard C. Albert

Paperback - £33.95

Publication date:

15 August 2005

Length of book:

224 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271027456

First published in 1987 and named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book the following year, Damming the Delaware is the definitive study of two hundred years of water management history along the Delaware River. The history of the Tocks Island Dam Project is traced from an early 1783 anti-dam treaty, through the highly emotional environmental controversy in the 1970s, to the historic Good Faith agreement of the 1980s. The story involves the water politics of four states, two major U.S. cities, and the federal government, plus the influence of the environmental movement over major public works projects.

In this second edition, the author updates the Tocks Island/Delaware River story to 2005. A major shift in the underlying philosophies of Delaware River management during the intervening years is described along with various successes and failures in water management. A Foreword to the second edition is written by Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and Executive Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization that has both successfully fought dam projects and removed existing dams.

“The author . . . has succeeded in his desire to maintain an unbiased approach, and the book is written so well that it is difficult to fault it.”

—Jane Mork Gibson (on the first edition), Public Historian