Culminating five years of research and writing on behalf of PRRC, Patrick Dearen has signed a contract with the University of Oklahoma Press for publication of Bitter Waters: The Pecos River's Struggles.
The work is scheduled for release in March 2016.
The first book-length study ever devoted to the full river, Bitter Waters examines man's progressive impact on the Pecos from the sixteenth century to today. It also explores the river's numerous issues and the potential for solutions. "The University of Oklahoma Press is proud to be bringing out Patrick Dearen's Bitter Waters: The Pecos River's Struggles," said J. Kent Calder, acquisitions editor. "[It is] an important and timely study of a southwestern river and the difficulties that have threatened its existence over time, such as drought, salt, fires, dams, irrigation, and intense interstate competition. Dearen clearly delineates these issues and many more in a readable narrative that disentangles the vast complexities of a situation that continues to deteriorate, providing a firm foundation for all those who will have a role in determining the future of this iconic western water source."
Bitter Waters will be published in a hardcover edition and will include detailed maps and more than 50 photos. Extensively documented but written for a general audience, Bitter Waters went through rigorous peer review at the Press.
Dearen is the author of 21 other books, including several on the Pecos River. He has been honored for his writing by Western Writers of America, San Antonio Conservation Society, West Texas Historical Association, Academy of Western Artists, Will Rogers Medallion Awards, and Permian Historical Society. He makes his home in Midland, Texas.