Suggested Reading

Arid Lands can open the conversation, but it is only a starting point. We encourage audiences to seek out more information about the Columbia Basin and the Hanford site. There are many resources out there, but we think these are some of the best places to start.

Of course, the best place to start would be to take a canoe down the Columbia River from the Vernita Bridge to White Bluffs. If you can't get out on the river yourself, check out our new interactive map guide.


Center for Columbia River History
Central Washington Native Plants
Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission
Columbia Riverkeeper
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
Department of Energy – Hanford
Hanford Advisory Board
Hanford Challenge
Hanford Communities
Hanford Downwinders
Hanford "Quick Facts"
Hanford News (Tri-City Herald)
Hanford News (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Hanford Reach National Monument
Hanford Watch
Heart of America Northwest
Nez Perce Tribe
RadioActivist Campaign
Safe As Mother's Milk
Wanapum Heritage Center
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Native Plants Society
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage Center


To learn more about why we recommend these books, check out our reading guide on

Atomic Farmgirl: Growing Up Right in the Wrong Place

Atomic Harvest: Hanford and the Lethal Toll of America's Nuclear Legacy

Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project

The Atomic West

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction

Hanford: A Conversation About Nuclear Waste and Cleanup

The Hanford Reach: A Land of Contrasts

The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

Mental Territories: Mapping the Inland Empire

Northwest Arid Lands: An Introduction to the Columbia Basin Shrub-Steppe

Nuclear Culture: Living and Working in the World’s Largest Atomic Complex

Nuclear Landscapes

On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A Geological Field Guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin

Orchards of Eden: White Bluffs on the Columbia 1907-1943

The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River

Power and Place in the North American West

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

Films, Videos, & Art

60 Minutes: Lethal and Leaking
Bombs Away, Millions a Day
Celilo Falls & The Remaking of the Columbia River
River Ways
Source to Sea: The Columbia River Swim
War Construction in the Desert
Karen Rice's "Hanford Series"

Housing development in Richland, Washington (from the documentary Arid Lands)
Gravel road in the Horse Heaven Hills, Benton County, Washington

Screenings & Awards
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