The Mightier Hudson: The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape

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"The historic Hudson River Valley is unquestionably one of America's most storied places, but over the years it had been much abused. Now, as Roger Stone tells us in The Mightier Hudson,, communities up and down the river are creatively using its natural and cultural resources to build a new economy designed to sustain both those resources and the livelihoods of the people who live there. . . . It is an important and uplifting story that should be read, and applied, by those living in communities along waterways everywhere."—Richard Moe, ...
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Overview

"The historic Hudson River Valley is unquestionably one of America's most storied places, but over the years it had been much abused. Now, as Roger Stone tells us in The Mightier Hudson,, communities up and down the river are creatively using its natural and cultural resources to build a new economy designed to sustain both those resources and the livelihoods of the people who live there. . . . It is an important and uplifting story that should be read, and applied, by those living in communities along waterways everywhere."—Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation
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Publishers Weekly
Environmental journalist Stone (Dreams of Amazonia) presents diverse aspects of how the Hudson Valley recovered its soul, from conservation efforts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the rise of organizations like Riverkeeper, a driving force in cleaning up pollutants from the Hudson’s industrial legacy. Stone also examines the aqueduct systems that supply New York City with clean drinking water and tackles the impact of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). (May)
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The historic Hudson River Valley is unquestionably one of America's > most storied places, but over the years it had been much abused. Now, > as Roger Stone tells us in The Mightier Hudson, communities up and > down the river are creatively using its natural and cultural resources > to build a new economy designed to sustain both those resources and > the livelihoods of the people who live there. By effectively putting > the lie to the false choice between economic progress and > environmental protection, it is an important and uplifting story that > should be read, and applied, by those living in communities along > waterways everywhere. > Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic > Preservation The historic Hudson River Valley is unquestionably one of America's > most storied places, but over the years it had been much abused. Now, > as Roger Stone tells us in The Mightier Hudson, communities up and > down the river are creatively using its natural and cultural resources > to build a new economy designed to sustain both those resources and > the livelihoods of the people who live there. By effectively putting > the lie to the false choice between economic progress and > environmental protection, it is an important and uplifting story that > should be read, and applied, by those living in communities along > waterways everywhere. > Richard Moe, President Emeritus, National Trust for Historic > Preservation
Kirkus Reviews
A detailed account of the Hudson River Valley. Environmentalist and journalist Stone (Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit, 2001, etc.) provides an enthusiastic and comprehensive chronology of the river and its surrounding valley. Delivering "up to 1.5 billion gallons of water a day to more than nine million customers," the Hudson River Valley is the main source of water for New York City. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that this area has been the source of many environmental battles in the past two centuries. Recent threats to the river basin include a proposed casino that could attract six million visitors a year, budget cuts to many projects that currently protect the Hudson from "new increments of nutrient or toxic pollution to the watershed" and the current process to extract natural gas known as "fracking." Stone examines the specifics of numerous action groups creating many new projects to restore and revive the river—e.g., the Walkway Over the Hudson, a restored railway bridge turned pedestrian walkway, and the Hudson River Park. The creation of state and local parks for hiking, renovated small-town waterfronts full of art galleries and restaurants, "well-managed small and tidy fruit, vegetable, and dairy farms" and numerous colleges—Bard, Marist, SUNY New Paltz and others—have turned the valley's industrial and polluted past into a present state of commerce, art, education and recreation. Illustrations and a map included. The specifics of the Hudson River Valley supplied by an ardent lover of the area.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762763955
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,454,866
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Stone
Roger D. Stone, environmentalist, journalist, author, and nonprofit executive, has had an eventful career, focusing ever more sharply in recent years on linkages between economics and the environment. Stone began his career at Time Magazine where he undertook varied assignments including service as correspondent and news bureau chief in San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, and Paris, and as assistant to the president of Time Incorporated. His first book, Dreams of Amazonia (Viking/Penguin 1985) was called "First rate" and "masterful." More recently, as a WWF vice president and since 1994 as founder and president of the nonprofit Sustainable Development Institute, he has produced four other well received books on environmental-economic connections with an emphasis on tropical forests and seacoasts. Among them: The Voyage of the Sanderling (Knopf 1990), The Nature of Development (Knopf 1992), and Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit (University of California Press 2001). A resident of Washington, DC, Stone also publishes the nonprofit newsletter Atlantic CoastWatch. He is a member of the External Advisory Board for Yale's multi-disciplinary Institute for Biospheric Studies, and serves on numerous other boards and committees.
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