Adventurer Jon Waterman comes to Vail |

Adventurer Jon Waterman comes to Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail Public Library and the Eagle River Watershed Council will present author and adventurer Jon Waterman during a book signing and discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the library’s community room. Waterman is author of “Running Dry: a Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River,” among other books. He’ll be presenting a slide show discussion of his Colorado River trip.

Through stunning photography, story telling, and scholarly research, Waterman implores his readers and lecture audiences to care about the overtaxed river. His lucid presentation is also tinged with hope, a direction for restoration, and potential solutions for the future.

“Anyone who wants to learn more about the threats and challenges facing the Colorado River as it makes its way through Eagle County on its way to Mexico will want to attend this event,” said Lori Ann Barnes, town librarian.

In 2009, the award-winning author finished an unprecedented and epic 1,450-mile paddle down the Colorado River. He undertook this quest to learn why the Colorado River – the source of water for 30 million people and 3 million acres of farms –runs dry before reaching the sea. He started at 10,100 feet in the Colorado Rockies in May 2008 and finished at sea level at the head of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. The river and its challenging rapids carried him through steep drops in the Gore, Cataract and Grand Canyons, across long reservoirs in temperatures over 100 degrees, and finally through the dried-out delta in Mexico where the river has not flowed continuously for more than a decade. As a grantee of the National Geographic and a fellow of the Sonoran Institute, Waterman traveled alone or with various experts, scientists, Native Americans, and boatmen to better understand the river’s diminishment.

“Jon Waterman’s presentation is a pictorial wake up call to those of us that care deeply about the future of this iconic river,” said Melissa Macdonald, executive director of the Eagle River Watershed Council.

Waterman is the author of 10 books including “Where Mountains Are Nameless” and “Arctic Crossing,” which detail his numerous explorations of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Northwest Passage. He has also written “Kayaking the Vermilion Sea,” and “In the Shadow of Denali.” His writing awards include a Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, two “Best Adventure” titles from the Banff International Book Festival, and the American Alpine Club Literary Award. Waterman lives with his family in Carbondale.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. The event is free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 970-479-2194 or visit

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