Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
This work of creative nonfiction considers the history and policies of water management in the American Southwest and offers an alternative vision for a more ethical relationship with the natural world. The author, moving through her childhood landscape in Arizona, encounters acts of restoration on desert rivers disrupted by human use. They provide a contrast to the damaging philosophy of creating "new water" to address climate change and population growth in the Colorado River Basin, and lead to a vision for a society that relies on local water supplies and recognizes the legal rights of ecosystems.
Melissa Lynn Sevigny
Sevigny, Melissa Lynn, "Mythical River: Encounters with Water in the American Southwest" (2013). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 13172.