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Cadillac Desert:The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner

The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West.

Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage.

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Pub. Date: June 2003 ISBN-13: 9780140178241 608pp Edition Description: REV Edition Number: 1

014017824
Price: $19.00
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California Rivers and Streams
by Jeffrey F. Mount, Janice C. Fong (Illustrator)

California Rivers and Streams provides a clear and informative overview of the physical and biological processes that shape California's rivers and watersheds. Jeffrey Mount introduces relevant basic principles of hydrology and geomorphology and applies them to an understanding of the differences in character of the state's many rivers. He then builds on this foundation by evaluating the impact on waterways of different land use practices--logging, mining, agriculture, flood control, urbanization, and water supply development. Water may be one of California's most valuable resources, but it is far from being one we control. In spite of channels, levees, lines and dams, the state's rivers still frequently flood, with devastating results. Almost all the rivers in California are dammed or diverted; with the booming population, there will be pressure for more intervention. Mount argues that Californians know little about how their rivers work and, more importantly, how and why land-use practices impact rivers. The forceful reconfiguration and redistribution of the rivers has already brought the state to a critical crossroads. California Rivers and Streams forces us to reevaluate our use of the state's rivers and offers a foundation for participating in the heated debates about their future.

Publisher: University of California Press Pub. Date: November 1995 376pp Edition Description: New Edition Edition Number: 1

052020250
Price: $36.95
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LifePlace: Bioregional Thought and Practice
by Thayer, Robert L.

Robert Thayer brings the concepts and promises of the growing bioregional movement to a wide audience in a book that passionately urges us to discover "where we are" as an antidote to our rootless, stressful modern lives. LifePlace is a provocative meditation on bioregionalism and what it means to live, work, eat, and play in relation to naturally, rather than politically, defined areas. In it, Thayer gives a richly textured portrait of his own home, the Putah-Cache watershed in California's Sacramento Valley, demonstrating how bioregionalism can be practiced in everyday life. Written in a lively anecdotal style and expressing a profound love of place, this book is a guide to the personal rewards and the social benefits of reinhabiting the natural world on a local scale. In LifePlace, Thayer shares what he has learned over the course of thirty years about the Sacramento Valley's geography, minerals, flora, and fauna; its relation to fire, agriculture, and water; and its indigenous peoples, farmers, and artists. He shows how the spirit of bioregionalism springs from learning the history of a place, from participating in its local economy, from living in housing designed in the context of the region. He asks: How can we instill a love of place and knowledge of the local into our education system? How can the economy become more responsive to the ecology of region? This valuable book is also a window onto current writing on bioregionalism, introducing the ideas of its most notable proponents in accessible and highly engaging prose. At the same time that it gives an entirely new appreciation of California's Central Valley, LifePlace shows how we can movetoward a new way of being, thinking, and acting in the world that can lead to a sustainable, harmonious, and more satisfying future.

Publisher: University of California Press Pub. Date: April 2003 ISBN-13: 9780520236288 317pp Edition Description: Ne

052023628
Price: $29.95
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Noxious New York
by Julie Sze

Racial minority and low-income communities often suffer disproportionate effects of urban environmental problems. Environmental justice advocates argue that these communities are on the front lines of environmental and health risks. In Noxious New York, Julie Sze analyzes the culture, politics, and history of environmental justice activism in New York City within the larger context of privatization, deregulation, and globalization. She tracks urban planning and environmental health activism in four gritty New York neighborhoods—Brooklyn's Sunset Park and Williamsburg sections, West Harlem, and the South Bronx. In these communities, activism flourished in the 1980s and 1990s in response to economic decay and a concentration of noxious incinerators, solid waste transfer stations, and power plants. Sze describes the emergence of local campaigns organized around issues of asthma, garbage, and energy systems, and how, in each neighborhood, activists framed their arguments in the vocabulary of environmental justice.

Sze shows that the linkage of planning and public health in New York City goes back to the nineteenth century's sanitation movement, and she looks at the city's history of garbage, sewage, and sludge management. She analyzes the influence of race, family, and gender politics on asthma activism and examines community activists' responses to garbage privatization and energy deregulation. Finally, she looks at how activist groups have begun to shift from fighting particular siting and land use decisions to engaging in a larger process of communityplanning and community-based research projects. Drawing extensively on fieldwork and interviews with community members and activists, Sze illuminates the complex mix of local and global issues that fuels environmental justice activism.

Pub. Date: December 2006 Publisher: MIT Press Format: Textbook Paperback, 296pp
026269342

Price: $14.98
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Prescription For The Planet
by Tom Blees

Solving our planet's most pressing dilemmas requires more than simply setting goals. We need a roadmap to reach them. Technologies that work fine on a small scale cannot necessarily be ramped up to global size. Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details. Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. And with competition for previously scarce resources no longer an issue, the main incentives for warfare will be eliminated. Explaining not only the means to solve our most pressing problems but how those solutions can painlessly lead to improving the standard of living of everyone on the planet, the lucid and provocatively written Prescription for the Planet has arrived not a moment too soon. There is something here for everyone, be they a policymaker, environmental activist, or any concerned citizen hoping for a better future.

Publisher: BookSurge, LLC Pub. Date: September 2008 ISBN-13: 9781419655821 422pp
141965582

Price: $14.98
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Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2008-2009
by Donald Kennedy

How often in today's environmental debates have you read that "the science is in dispute"-even when there is overwhelming consensus among scientists? Too often, the voice of science is diminished or diluted for the sake of politics, and the public is misled. Now, the most authoritative voice in U.S. science, Science magazine, brings you current scientific knowledge on today's most pressing environmental challenges, from population growth to climate change to biodiversity loss.

Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2006-2007 is a unique contribution that brings together leading environmental scientists and researchers to give readers a comprehensive yet accessible overview of current issues. Included are explanatory essays from Science magazine editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy that tie together the issues and explore the relationships among them.

Pub. Date: January 2009 Publisher: Island Press Format: Paperback, 216pp
159726406

Price: $9.98
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The Atlas of Water, Second Edition
Maggie Black and Jannet King

Climate change and an exponential population explosion threaten the world's supply of fresh water, edging us closer to a global water crisis, with dire implications for agriculture, the economy, the environment, and human health. Completely revised and updated since its first edition, The Atlas of Water is a compelling visual guide to the state of this life-sustaining resource. Using vivid graphics, maps, and charts, it explores the complex human interaction with water over time and across the world. This vibrant atlas addresses all the pressing issues concerning water, from human impacts like dams and construction to water shortages and excessive demand, pollution, privatization, and water management. It also outlines critical tools for managing water, providing safe access to water, and preserving the future of the world's water supply.

128 pages, 7.4 x 9.7 inches, 8 color illustrations, 60 maps, 5 tables October 2009

052025934
Price: $21.95
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Watersheds, Groundwater and Drinking Water
Author: Thomas Harter, Larry Rollins

This guide will help resource managers, planners, and other decision makers better understand and assess water supplies and to define and manage protection areas for water sources. Developed for those who are interested in water resources, it can easily be used as text material for educational short courses.

The chapters in Part 1 cover such fundamentals as watershed hydrology, groundwater hydrology, water quality, and water contamination. Chapters in Part 2 describe tools and background information that are helpful when assessing and protecting individual water sources.

While written with the water source needs of Californians in mind, much of the basic information in the guide is applicable to other states as well.

Includes 104 figures, 36 tables, and an English-Metric Conversion appendix.

Chapters:

•Surface Water Hydrology and Watersheds
•Groundwater Hydrology and Wells
•Legal Control of California’s Water Resources
•Surface Water Quality
•Groundwater Contaminants and Sources
•Transport and Fate of Contaminants in Surface Water
•Transport and Fate of Contaminates in Groundwater
•Water Sampling and Monitoring
•Delineating Watersheds, Surface Water Source Areas, and Protection Zones
•Delineating Groundwater Recharge Areas and Wellhead Protection Zones
•Assessing Vulnerability of Groundwater
•Compiling an Inventory of Possible Contaminating Activities
•Protecting Water Sources
•Protecting California’s Drinking Water: Past, Present, and Future

Publication Number: 3497 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-81-5 Copyright Date: 2008 Length: 274 pp
187990681

Price: $40.00
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