This escalating situation is presented in vivid detail ... There’s no clear, quick solution to these interlocking problems, but Kelley suggests some interesting possibilities, such as creating more river commissions to plan for worst case scenarios before they actually happen. Holding Back the River is a riveting depiction of an issue that is not going away anytime soon.
Alas, readers will need a doctorate in hydrology to keep from feeling lost for much of this often technical book. And those who bat from the right side of the political plate will dispute much of author Kelley’s pitches. Still, Holding Back the River reminds readers of the scope of the struggle.
... sobering ... The interviews with the book’s subjects bring to life the problems they face and the balancing acts they engage in ... Kelley’s engaging work will draw in those interested in personal stories of the effects of climate change, and use of natural resources.