Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do)

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Water. We can't live without it. Not a Drop to Drink sounds the alarm, detailing the current state of emergency facing the U.S. water supply. From the parched High Plains to corporate boardrooms, Ken Midkiff explores water wars, privatization, American agriculture, and global warming. And what we can do to get a glass of water.
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Overview

Water. We can't live without it. Not a Drop to Drink sounds the alarm, detailing the current state of emergency facing the U.S. water supply. From the parched High Plains to corporate boardrooms, Ken Midkiff explores water wars, privatization, American agriculture, and global warming. And what we can do to get a glass of water.
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Though it offers a litany of damning facts about America's state-of-emergency water crisis, this is pretty dry reading. Midkiff (The Meat You Eat) earnestly marshals plenty of cautionary information: once-flush aquifers are being rapidly depleted, most precipitously the Ogallala, which stretches from Nebraska to the Texas panhandle, while the Colorado (in Texas) and Rio Grande rivers vanish into dry riverbeds before they reach the Gulf of Mexico. Water from the tap in Atlanta has had to be boiled to make it potable, while farmers' wells in New Mexico are tapped out. Midkiff frets that the privatization of municipal water services will raise household bills for private profit, and faults outdated, lobby-driven farm subsidies for encouraging "water-guzzling" rice crops in California's Central Valley, which was once a desert, before the lure of underpriced water transformed it into an agricultural cornucopia. The author, former director of the Sierra Club's clean water campaign, doesn't put stock in desalinization plants or the meltwater of towed glaciers, believing that conservation is the most viable path to sustaining water supplies. His call for immediate collective effort makes good sense, even if expressed with bromides like "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930722682
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.     ix
Introduction: The Current State of Emergency Facing the American Water Supply     xvii
Taking What Is Not There: Promises of Hypothetical Water in the West     1
The Wells Run Dry: The Time Is Up in the High Plains     17
Crops Don't Grow Without Water: The Uncertain Future of American Agriculture     35
Water Wars: Regional Battles Sweep the Nation     57
Privatization: The Risks of Putting Our Water Supply into Corporate Hands     91
Global Warming: The Wild Card That Could Leave Us Flooded or Parched     115
Technological Solutions: The Skyrocketing Cost of a Glass of Water     135
Afterword: Immediate Collective Action Is Our Only Hope     161
Acknowledgments     167
Notes     169
Index     187
About the Author     197
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