Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2007


Published in GREAT PLAINS RESEARCH 17:1 (Spring 2007). Copyright © 2007 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


William Ashworth, an environmental historian and prolific writer, grips our attention in lyrical yet urgent terms in Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the High Plains. Ogallala Blue stands beside John Opie's Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land (1993) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986) as a "must read" book for anyone who cares about the future of water resources.