Water by Alice B. Outwater
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By Alice B. Outwater


A Natural History

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Water by Alice B. Outwater

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465037803
ISBN-10: 0465037801
Format: Paperback
(204mm x 127mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Cartoon Guide to the Environment by Alice B. Outwater Cartoon Guide to the Environment, Paperback (October 1996)

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Reuse of Sludge and Minor Wastewater Residuals by Alice B. Outwater Reuse of Sludge and Minor Wastewater Residuals, Hardback (June 1994)

Starting with sludge and scum characterization, this practical guide provides least cost methods of improving sludge quality, options for beneficial reuse, the costs of implementing those options, and case studies of sludge reuse programs around the country. It is suitable for those working to establish a successful sludge reuse program.

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Author Biography - Alice B. Outwater

Alice Outwater is an environmental engineer, a consultant in sludge management, and the coauthor, with Larry Gonick, of The Cartoon Guide to Environmental Science.

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