Deep Waters is an intimate account of the principal events and personalities involved in the successful development of the Canadian nuclear power system (CANDU), an achievement that is arguably one of Canada's greatest scientific and technical successes of the twentieth century. Kim Krenz tells the stories of the people involved and the problems they faced and overcame. He also relates the history of the development of the town of Deep River, built exclusively for the scientists and employees of the Chalk River Project and describes the impact of the Project on the traditional communities of the Ottawa Valley. Public understanding of nuclear power has remained confused, yet decisions about whether and how to use it are of vital importance to Canadians today - and will increase in importance as we seek to maintain our standard of living without doing irreparable damage to the environment around us. Deep Waters examines the issues involved in the use of nuclear power without over-emphasizing its positive aspects or avoiding its negative aspects.
"Deep Waters is not only a good read in itself, it goes a long way toward filling a significant gap in our understanding of an exceptionally important period in our national story. Krenz's writing is lucid, effective, and wryly humorous, engaging the reader's attention quickly and easily." Brian Buckley, author of Canada's Early Nuclear Policy: Fate, Chance, and Character