About the Event
Adventures by the Book™ is excited to present a Maple Canyon Adventure with author and award-winning watershed activist, Tershia d'Elgin.
Join us in Maple Canyon for a modest stroll through a hidden treasure in the midst of urban San Diego. As we wander the canyon we will see a deep ravine, a “sediment trap”, and several historic San Diego elements that those not knowing what to look for would easily miss. Tershia will discuss these features, along with other landforms of the area, that led her to write The Man Who Thought He Owned Water: On the Brink with American Farms, Cities, and Food, the story of her city-bred family's rare experience after they decamp to a farm on the South Platte River in Colorado.
Be sure to bring your walking shoes as we kick off the first day of day-light savings with this jaunt into a natural haven. After our walk through the canyon with our knowledgeable author we will emerge back in the metropolis of San Diego with a newfound appreciation for the little marvels hidden around our urban landscape. As the long hours of sunlight disappear and the shadows of dusk set over the town, we may even be so inclined to continue our stroll from the canyon into the nearby neighborhood of Little Italy for an informal after-Adventure gathering (and if we're really lucky we'll even be able to convince Tershia to join us!)
This Adventure includes your guided tour through the wonders of Maple Canyon, a lively discussion with the author on the controversy of water rights, book signing, Q&A, and the opportunity to meet the author up close & personal in a unique and authentic setting.
About the Author and Book
Tershia d’Elgin is a journalist by profession and a water activist by passion. Her canyon leadership has received numerous awards, including two astounding U.S. Congressional recognitions; her watershed work has also has been featured in two documentaries and aired in concert with Ken Blum's PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Tershia’s literary and hydrology passions have culminated in her book, The Man Who Thought He Owned Water: On the Brink with American Farms, Cities, and Food.
The Man Who Thought He Owned Water is a fresh take on the gravest challenge of our time—how to support urbanization without killing ourselves in the process. The gritty story of Tershia d'Elgin's family’s experience with water rights on its Colorado farm provides essential background about American farms, food, and water administration in the West in the context of growing cities and climate change. Enchanting and informative, The Man Who Thought He Owned Water is an appeal for urban-rural cooperation over water and resiliency.
When her father bought his farm—Big Bend Station—he also bought the ample water rights associated with the land and the South Platte River, confident that he had secured the necessary resources for a successful endeavor. Yet water immediately proved fickle, hard to defend, and sometimes dangerous. Eventually those rights were curtailed without compensation. Through her family’s story, d’Elgin dramatically frames the personal-scale implications of water competition, revealing how water deals, infrastructure, transport, and management create economic growth but also sever human connections to Earth’s most vital resource. She shows how water flows to cities at the expense of American-grown food, as rural land turns to desert, wildlife starves, the environment degrades, and climate change intensifies.
Depicting deep love, obsession, and breathtaking landscape, this story is an impassioned call to re-balance our relationship with water. It will be of great interest to anyone seeking to understand the complex forces affecting water resources, food supply, food security, and biodiversity in America.
This event is free and open to the public. Due to the special nature of this event, we do ask for an RSVP via our Facebook Event Page or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can have an accurate count of our wonderful guests.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy of The Man Who Thought he Owned Water below to be delivered at the event:
Only books pre-purchased below or at the event will be eligible for signing.