Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes

Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes

by Margaret Wooster

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In Living Waters, Margaret Wooster canoes, portages, camps beside, and wades into eight Great Lakes watersheds across New York and Québec, returning with her pockets full of original stories from these beautiful, boggy, and prehistoric waterways. From the history of hydropower development on the Niagara River to the search for a wizard's cave in the Zoar Valley, from a portrait of an urban creek in Buffalo, to the origins and demise of New France on the St. Lawrence, Living Waters offers a fascinating, first-person exploration of the rivers that impact our world's largest freshwater ecosystem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791477120
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Margaret Wooster is the author of Somewhere to Go on Sunday: A Guide to Natural Treasures in Western New York. She lives in Buffalo, New York.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

1 The Global Context 1

Part I The Niagara Frontier

2 What Is Niagara? 15

Interlude: Harmonic Convergence, Niagara Falls 32

3 Scajaquada: Portrait of an Urban Creek 35

4 Buffalo River Abandoned 51

Interlude: The Power of Water 68

Part II Beginnings

5 Genesee Torture Tree: Rereading Little Beard's Signs 73

6 Zoar Valley Genesis 87

Interlude: Killdeer and Other Mysteries 104

Part III The Eastern Door

7 High Peaks, Cloud Lakes 109

8 Oswego, Onondaga, and the Politics of Listing 125

9 Le Fleuve 141

Interlude: Second Voyage 164

10 Leopold Revisited 169

Notes 181

Bibliography 189

Index 195

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Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DaveDempsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding human history and ecology of western New York's Great Lakes watershed, told in fluid first-person narration and stories.