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The Confluence of the Green and Colorado in Canyonlands
The Confluence of the Green and Colorado in Canyonlands

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James M. Aton is Professor of English at Southern Utah University. He is the author, with Robert S. McPherson, of River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan, Utah State University Press. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia and China in 1989-90 and 1997-98, respectively. His book, Desolation Canyon: History Along the Green River (with photographer Dan Miller) is due out Spring 2009. He is currently doing cultural resource surveys of Desolation Canyon with archaeologist Jerry Spangler and the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance.

Emily Brophy is a multi-day raft guide on the Colorado, Green, and San Juan rivers.  When she is not in a boat, she works as an ecological economist and is an advocate for sustainable communities. Her research and interests include ecologically-minded planning, inter- and intra-basin water policy, and dynamic resource modeling. She is currently developing a non-profit to connect youth to the green industry through environmental community projects.

Emily Underwood grew up on the American River in Coloma, CA, the lucky daughter of die-hard environmentalists. She completed her mouthful of a major, "Representing Science in Language and Culture," at Brown University in May 2007, satisfying her insatiable and sometimes problematic need to study everything at once. After studying the interior world of neuroscience, her attention has returned to the environment upon which all our brains depend. She is now in Santa Barbara, teaching writing at Santa Barbara City College, leading kayaking trips around the Channel Islands, and spreading her fledgling writer's wings.

John S. Weisheit has played and worked on the Colorado his entire life. In 1980, John started a professional career as a river guide. In 1993 he co-founded Colorado Plateau River Guides. In 2000, he co-founded Livng Rivers. In 2002, he became your Colorado Riverkeeper. From 1992 to 2004, John and other scientists conducted dozens of research river trips in Canyonlands National Park. The result of this work produced a book called: Cataract Canyon: A Human and Environmental History of the Rivers in Canyonlands, University of Utah Press.


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