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Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis

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Publisher Comments:

Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop—the lawn. Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food, and produces our electricity. And most don’t realize these freshwater sources are in deep trouble.

Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis—driven not as much by lawn sprinklers as by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. But the book also offers much reason for hope. Award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America. Just as the green movement helped build awareness about energy and sustainability, so a blue movement will reconnect Americans to their water, helping us value and conserve our most life-giving resource. Avoiding past mistakes, living within our water means, and turning to “local water” as we do local foods are all part of this new, blue revolution.

Reporting from across the country and around the globe, Barnett shows how people, businesses, and governments have come together to dramatically reduce water use and reverse the water crisis. Entire metro areas, such as San Antonio, Texas, have halved per capita water use. Singapore’s “closed water loop” recycles every drop. New technologies can slash agricultural irrigation in half: businesses can save a lot of water—and a lot of money—with designs as simple as recycling air-conditioning condensate.

The first book to call for a national water ethic, Blue Revolution is also a powerful meditation on water and community in America.

Review:

"Barnett, an award-winning journalist specializing in environmental and water issues, proposes that we need a new 'blue revolution' comparable to the green one, warning that 'like the unending bull market, or upward-only house prices — the illusion of water abundance is a beautiful bubble doomed to pop.' She compares America's problematic water policies to nations that take floods and droughts more seriously: the Dutch use community consensus and compromise for the public good. Singapore's top-down policies, along with changing the tiny nation from 'postcolonial pigsty to one of the world's most successful economies,' are freeing it from dependency on imported Malaysian water as it gains self-sufficiency through intensive engineering, recycling wastewater into drinking water, and a conservation agenda 'to bring people closer to water so that they can better appreciate' and protect it. Barnett believes that our water problems, from the devastation of Katrina to fights over the Colorado River, derive from 'America's widespread lack of respect for water,' and that we need to develop a water ethic that values and conserves water, keeps it local, avoids overtapping of aquifers and massive water projects, and leaves as much as possible to nature. Although water activists may be mystified by Barnett's lack of discussion of water privatization, the book provides an eye-opening overview of the complexity of our water-use problems and offers optimistic but practical solutions. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Book News Annotation:

Journalist Barnett explores a simple solution to the growing water crisis in the US, where we use more water than any other culture in the world. That solution: a water ethic. She notes that the green movement has helped raise awareness of the importance of energy and sustainability, and that a blue movement would do much the same: help Americans rediscover their relationship with water, and learn to conserve/recycle and manage it more effectively. And, she adds, it is entirely possible to reverse the damage done by the indiscriminate use of water through those measures and new technologies that can cut agricultural irrigation in half. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Blue Revolution's positive message: We have enough water to go around, if we quickly learn to live within our water means.

An award-winning journalist reports on the many ways one of the most water-rich nations on the planet has squandered its way to scarcity, and argues the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America.

From backyard grottoes in California to sinkholes swallowing chunks of Florida, Blue Revolution exposes how the nation’s green craze largely missed water—the No. 1 environmental concern of most Americans. But the book is big on inspiration, too. Blue Revolution combines investigative reporting with solutions from around the nation and the globe. Reporting from San Antonio to Singapore, long-time journalist Cynthia Barnett shows how local communities and entire nations have come together in a shared ethic to dramatically reduce consumption and live within their water means.

The first book to call for a national water ethic, Blue Revolution is also a powerful meditation on water and community in America.

Synopsis:

An award-winning journalist spells out in hard-hitting reporting the many ways one of the most water-rich nations on the planet is squandering its way to scarcity, and gives the first call for a national water ethic, showing how we can conserve water and halt the crisis.

Most people have heard of a "carbon footprint," but few are aware of the "water footprint" left by the immense number of gallons used domestically, in the generating of our electricity, and in the manufacture of everything from hamburgers to household goods. Blue Revolution takes a close look at America's water consumption and exposes just how surprisingly close we are to running out across the nation. This book explores how communities and businesses from Massachusetts to Texas to California have learned to live within their means, creating sustainable water-management systems and practices that have resulted in dramatically reduced water consumption. Barnett also takes readers across the globe to learn from other countries' water solutions. 

About the Author

Long-time journalist Cynthia Barnett is regularly quoted on water in the national media, including the New York Times, Time, and NPR's Morning Edition. Her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., has been chosen for "One Community/One Book" reads in thirty Florida counties. Barnett’s numerous awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi prize for investigative magazine reporting. She has a master’s in environmental history and is the recipient of a prestigious Knight-Wallace Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

Chapter 1 The Illusion of Water Abundance

Chapter 2 Reclamation to Restoration

Chapter 3 The Netherlands: Deluge, Dams, and the Dutch Miracle

Chapter 4 Powerful Thirst

Chapter 5 Taproot of the Crisis

Chapter 6 The Water-Industrial Complex

Chapter 7 Singapore: Of Songbirds and Sewage

Chapter 8 The Big Dipper

Chapter 9 The Business of Blue

Chapter 10 Australia: Dry Down Under

Chapter 11 An American Water Ethic

Chapter 12 Local Water

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807003176
Author:
Barnett, Cynthia
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.28 x 6.3 x 1.06 in 1.26 lb

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History and Social Science » Geography » Water and Hydrology
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Barnett, an award-winning journalist specializing in environmental and water issues, proposes that we need a new 'blue revolution' comparable to the green one, warning that 'like the unending bull market, or upward-only house prices — the illusion of water abundance is a beautiful bubble doomed to pop.' She compares America's problematic water policies to nations that take floods and droughts more seriously: the Dutch use community consensus and compromise for the public good. Singapore's top-down policies, along with changing the tiny nation from 'postcolonial pigsty to one of the world's most successful economies,' are freeing it from dependency on imported Malaysian water as it gains self-sufficiency through intensive engineering, recycling wastewater into drinking water, and a conservation agenda 'to bring people closer to water so that they can better appreciate' and protect it. Barnett believes that our water problems, from the devastation of Katrina to fights over the Colorado River, derive from 'America's widespread lack of respect for water,' and that we need to develop a water ethic that values and conserves water, keeps it local, avoids overtapping of aquifers and massive water projects, and leaves as much as possible to nature. Although water activists may be mystified by Barnett's lack of discussion of water privatization, the book provides an eye-opening overview of the complexity of our water-use problems and offers optimistic but practical solutions. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Blue Revolution's positive message: We have enough water to go around, if we quickly learn to live within our water means.

An award-winning journalist reports on the many ways one of the most water-rich nations on the planet has squandered its way to scarcity, and argues the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America.

From backyard grottoes in California to sinkholes swallowing chunks of Florida, Blue Revolution exposes how the nation’s green craze largely missed water—the No. 1 environmental concern of most Americans. But the book is big on inspiration, too. Blue Revolution combines investigative reporting with solutions from around the nation and the globe. Reporting from San Antonio to Singapore, long-time journalist Cynthia Barnett shows how local communities and entire nations have come together in a shared ethic to dramatically reduce consumption and live within their water means.

The first book to call for a national water ethic, Blue Revolution is also a powerful meditation on water and community in America.

"Synopsis" by , An award-winning journalist spells out in hard-hitting reporting the many ways one of the most water-rich nations on the planet is squandering its way to scarcity, and gives the first call for a national water ethic, showing how we can conserve water and halt the crisis.

Most people have heard of a "carbon footprint," but few are aware of the "water footprint" left by the immense number of gallons used domestically, in the generating of our electricity, and in the manufacture of everything from hamburgers to household goods. Blue Revolution takes a close look at America's water consumption and exposes just how surprisingly close we are to running out across the nation. This book explores how communities and businesses from Massachusetts to Texas to California have learned to live within their means, creating sustainable water-management systems and practices that have resulted in dramatically reduced water consumption. Barnett also takes readers across the globe to learn from other countries' water solutions. 

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