February 12, 2008

Book Review - Water Follies

Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters
Robert Glennon
TD 223 .G58 2002

This is a book about water resource management. Using numerous examples, Glennon demonstrates how water just does not go far enough given present usage levels. He examines numerous causes of water overuse--populated desert regions, suburbal sprawl, human water engineering, and competition with other resources--as well as the effects--loss of wetland ecosystem, increasing numbers of endangered species, water pollution, and simply decreasing availability of fresh water supplies. Using both present and historical examples, Glennon presents some aspect of the scale and complexity of the problems facing America's water supplies, as well as the independent as well as integrated solutions that will likely be required to reverse this problem.