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Author Postel, Sandra, author.

Title Replenish : the virtuous cycle of water and prosperity / Sandra Postel.

Publication Info. Washington, DC : Island Press, 2017.


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 323 pages) : illustrations
text file PDF rda
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed October 12, 2017).
Summary For centuries, we have disrupted the natural water cycle in an effort to control water for our own prosperity. Every year, recovery from droughts and floods costs billions of dollars, and we spend billions more on irrigation, dams, sanitation plants, and other feats of engineering. We have reached a tipping point: massive engineering is not only hurting the environment, but unraveling social and political stability. What if the answer was not control of the water cycle, but replenishment? The author takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with, rather than against, nature's rhythms. In New Mexico, forest rehabilitation is safeguarding drinking water, keeping it clear of the black sludge that raged down riverbeds in the aftermath of the Las Conchas Fire. Along the Mississippi River, farmers are planting cover crops to reduce polluted runoff while improving their yields. In China, "sponge cities" are capturing rainwater to curb urban flooding and boost water supplies. It is efforts like these will be essential for the security of our food, communities, and economies in the coming decades. As climate change disrupts both weather patterns and the models on which we base our infrastructure, we will be forced to adapt. The question is whether we will continue to fight the water cycle, endangering ourselves and the planet, or recognize our place in it and take advantage of the inherent services nature offers. Water is a gift, the source of life itself. How will we use this greatest of gifts?
Contents Cover; About Island Press; Subscribe; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Chapter 1. Water Everywhere and Nowhere; Chapter 2. Back to Life; Chapter 3. Put Watersheds to Work; Chapter 4. Make Room for Floods; Chapter 5. Bank It for a Dry Day; Chapter 6. Fill the Earth; Chapter 7. Conserve in the City; Chapter 8. Clean It Up; Chapter 9. Close the Loop; Chapter 10. Let It Flow; Chapter 11. Rescue Desert Rivers; Chapter 12. Share; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index; IP Board of Directors
Subject Groundwater recharge.
Hydrologic cycle.
Groundwater recharge. (OCoLC)fst01737595
Hydrologic cycle. (OCoLC)fst00965118
Genre/Form Electronic book.
Other Form: Print version: 9781610919241
ISBN 9781610917919 (electronic bk.)
161091791X (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.5822/978-1-61091-791-9 doi
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