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The author of the book: Alice Outwater
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Edition: Basic Books
Date of issue: September 27th 1997
ISBN: 0465037801
ISBN 13: 9780465037803
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Language: English
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An environmental engineer turned ecology writer relates the history of our waterways and her own growing understanding of why our waterways continue to be polluted—and what needs to be done to save this essential natural resourse.Water: A Natural History takes us back to the diaries of the first Western explorers; it moves from the reservoir to the modern toliet, from the grasslands of the Midwest to the Everglades of Florida, throught the guts of a wastewater treatment plant and out to the waterways again. It shows how human-engineered dams, canals and farms replaces nature's beaver dams, prairie dog tunnels, and buffalo wallows. Step by step, Outwater makes clear what should have always been obvious: while engineering can depollute water, only ecologically interacting systems can create healthy waterways.Important reading for students of environmental studies, the heart of this history is a vision of our land and waterways as they once were, and a plan that can restore them to their former glory: a land of living streams, public lands with hundreds of millions of beaver-built wetlands, prairie dog towns that increase the amount of rainfall that percolates to the groundwater, and forests that feed their fallen trees to the sea.


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Ebook Water: A Natural History read Online! Alice Outwater grew up on Lake Champlain, in Vermont. She studied engineering at the University of Vermont and went to grad school at MIT to learn about water, where she won the prize for Best Thesis in Technology and Policy.
Outwater managed sludge for the Boston Harbor Clean-Up, and wrote The Reuse of Sludge and Minor Wastewater Residuals.  She wrote the much translated Cartoon Guide to the Environment with Larry Gonick. Water: A Natural History  was a Library Journal Science Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/New England award. She has lived in Italy and Thailand, and travelled in Europe, Asia, Africa as well as North, Central and South America. She consults in water quality, and has lived on a farm since 1991, in Vermont, Hawaii and finally Colorado.


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