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JIM O'DONNELL

JIM O'DONNELL is a writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Sierra Magazine, El Palacio, and elsewhere. After a career in archaeology and journalism, O’Donnell continues to work as a community conservation activist and wilderness advocate in the American Southwest where he fights to protect and restore wetlands and watersheds. Born and raised in southern Colorado, O’Donnell lives in Taos, New Mexico.

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BEHIND THE BOOK

An Interview with Jim O'Donnell about the making of Fountain Creek (Coming Soon!).

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR
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FOUNTAIN CREEK: Big Lessons from a Little River

From its headwaters high up Colorado’s legendary Pike’s Peak to suburban concrete-lined canals, Fountain Creek has endured nearly everything humans could do to a single watershed. It has been dammed, diverted, drained, poisoned, restored, exploited, ignored—and yet it has survived. 

 

Journalist and archeologist Jim O’Donnell grew up exploring among the beavers and discarded beer bottles that have long populated Fountain Creek. Irreverent, deeply knowledgeable, and endlessly curious, O’Donnell guides us through the contradictions and complexities of one of the most heavily urbanized areas in one of the fastest-growing states in the nation. 


Fountain Creek is at once a reflection of our ever-changing relationship to the natural world and a challenge for each of us to reexamine the many ways we are connected to the world around us, to water, and to each other.

 

“Every stream in the American West deserves a biographer as affectionate, thorough, and lyrical as Jim O'Donnell.”

—BEN GOLDFARB, author of Crossings and Eager

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