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.
... 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.
... illuminating ... Along with the meticulous reporting and insightful analysis, Kelley considers a series of remedies, including some drawn from successful flood control programs in the Netherlands. Anyone concerned with the myriad issues surrounding the manipulation of waterways will want to take a look.