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''The Tamarisk Hunter'' is a short story written by Paolo Bacigalupi and published by First Country News. It deals with a "tamarisk hunter", a person who against money and a water bounty eradicates tamarisk trees in the Colorado River basin to reduce their water consumption.

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''The Tamarisk Hunter'' This is a short story ShortStory written by Paolo Bacigalupi Creator/PaoloBacigalupi and published by First Country News. It deals with a "tamarisk hunter", a person who against money and a water bounty eradicates tamarisk trees in the Colorado River basin to reduce their water consumption.




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* DeterminedHomesteader: A non-western example. People like Lolo are (somewhat derogatively) called "water ticks" - obsessive homesteaders that hold to their piece of dirt and use every single opportunity to increase his water bounty, allowing him to farm. And there is Annie, [[DeterminedHomesteadersWife his wife]], who is just as determined and is th one minding their "farm" when Lolo is on a hunt.

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* DeterminedHomesteader: A non-western example. People like Lolo are (somewhat derogatively) called "water ticks" - obsessive homesteaders that hold to their piece of dirt and use every single opportunity to increase his their water bounty, allowing him them to farm. And there is Annie, [[DeterminedHomesteadersWife his wife]], who is just as determined and is th the one minding their "farm" when Lolo is on a hunt.


* ApocalypseHow: The unending drought "Big Daddy Drought" along with the loss of water rights have destroyed much of the Southwestern US.

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* ApocalypseHow: Somewhere between class O and 1, so compared with other stories in the collection, pretty tame. The unending drought "Big Daddy Drought" along with the loss of water rights have destroyed much of the Southwestern US.US, but the life continues elsewhere just like ever.
* BoringButPractical: The eventual way of fighting the Water Rights War by Californians - just bombard every single water treatment plant, leaving defenders with nothing to defend.


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* DeterminedHomesteader: A non-western example. People like Lolo are (somewhat derogatively) called "water ticks" - obsessive homesteaders that hold to their piece of dirt and use every single opportunity to increase his water bounty, allowing him to farm. And there is Annie, [[DeterminedHomesteadersWife his wife]], who is just as determined and is th one minding their "farm" when Lolo is on a hunt.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Lolo is preparing himself for being arrested over water theft and maybe even to fight the guardies... only to be informed the entire program of hunting down tamarisks is being suspended and they are here to provide him compensation money. Here goes his entire retirement plan.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: Probably, given the mess. The federal organisations are apparently still up and running, or at least whatever is set up in their place is, using the old names, but beyond that, each state is in low-level war with its neighbours.


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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Officially, "guardies" are just National Guard units. In reality, they are predominately mercenaries, enrolled into the Guard registery to make it look less shady.


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* TakeThat: The whole story is one toward real-life Califorian water and irrigation laws, which are considered the main reason why the infamously inefficient water use system is perpetuated for over a century in the state. That and a handful of lawsuits, in which state of California tried to claim as its own rivers waaaay outside its border.

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* DoomedHometown: It is implied that Travis once lived farther down in Lake Havasu City before the drought and [[CrypticBackgroundReference whatever disaster happened to the city]] forced them to flee.

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* CrypticBackgroundReference: The events surrounding Lake Havasu City are referred to in-story, but beyond involving water and possibly the destruction of a water plant, it's not clear what they were.

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* SpitefulSpit: When the word "California" falls in conversation.


[[http://www.hcn.org/issues/325/tamarisk-hunter-Bacigalupi Originally published here]]

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[[http://www.hcn.org/issues/325/tamarisk-hunter-Bacigalupi Originally published here]]
here]]. ''Literature/TheWaterKnife'' is set into the same universe.

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[[http://www.hcn.org/issues/325/tamarisk-hunter-Bacigalupi Originally published here]]

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''The Tamarisk Hunter'' is a short story written by Paolo Bacigalupi and published by First Country News. It deals with a "tamarisk hunter", a person who against money and a water bounty eradicates tamarisk trees in the Colorado River basin to reduce their water consumption.

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* AfterTheEnd: Lolo encounters a town that has been abandoned and is being buried by sands and overrun by tumbleweeds.
* ApocalypseHow: The unending drought "Big Daddy Drought" along with the loss of water rights have destroyed much of the Southwestern US.
* {{Dystopia}}: The people around the Colorado River have lost most if not all of their water rights to California, resulting in the collapse of civilization around the river.
* DystopianEdict: Most if not all of the water in the Colorado River belongs to California, meaning that states and people farther upriver have no water.
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