Where Water is Gold


Photo essay book about one of the richest regions in Alaska – rich with an incredible, pristine watershed that supports 50% of the world’s sockeye salmon supply, a rich cultural heritage, and world class recreation.

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Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay explores the history, culture, economy and science of a water-rich region that supplies half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon supply. Based on five years of fieldwork by Anchorage photographer Carl Johnson, it explores the incredible scenery and abundant wildlife of the region, the traditional subsistence way of life of its residents, the economic powerhouse that is the commercial fishing industry, and the rich and diverse recreational opportunities of the region from fly fishing to bear viewing. It also includes an exploration on the history of mineral exploration and the opposition to the development of the Pebble Mine.

Essay authors include Bill Sherwonit, David Atcheson, Steve Kahn, Anne Coray, Nick Jans and Erin McKittrick. Foreword by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Full-color photography book with 193 photos and 4 maps in 176 pages, 10×9, paperback with flaps. Published by Braided River.

Where Water is Gold was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the “West-Pacific – Best Regional Nonfiction” category and a Silver Medal in the 2016 Nautilus Book Awards for the “Green Living & Sustainability” category.