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Covering such diverse topics as the environmental consequences of China's Three Gorges Dam and the how-tos of converting human feces into humanure (human manure), this book initially seems disjointed in its efforts. It is divided into three sections: dams and water privatization, do-it-yourself ways to conserve water, and the negative effects of water re-engineering and pollution. Interspersed are chapters presenting case studies on individuals from near and far who have successfully found ways to "disengage from the water grid." While some of the disengagement methods may be too radical for most (the composting toilet might be a bit unpractical for apartment dwellers), the need for considering such alternatives is outlined in the informational and historical chapters. What seems like a disconnected collection of anecdotes ultimately resonates. The chapter "Blues for the Bayou" (written pre-Katrina) eerily portends the vulnerability to hurricane devastation of Louisiana's coastland owing to wetlands depletion. Complete with glossary, annotated bibliography, and pictures illustrating the mechanics of at-home water conservation techniques, this book presents novice conservationists with the basics concerning our most precious natural resource. A nice addition for public as well as academic libraries.