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Books on water resources protection, restoration and conservation, including ocean, lake, river, watershed, aquifer, wetland, coral reef, estuary, delta, fishery, coastal, and beach protection and restoration. Books also cover issues including water quality, potable water supply, water pollution prevention, stormwater management, nonpoint source water pollution, wastewater treatment, water recycling, dam removal, and marine mammal protection.

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50 Ways to Save the Ocean. By David Helvarg. The oceans are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways focuses on practical, easily implemented actions to protect and conserve this vital resource. It addresses daily choices that affect the ocean's health: What fish should and should not be eaten; How and where to vacation; How to protect local water tables; How to support local marine education. It also looks at what can be done about toxic pollutant runoff, protecting wetlands and sanctuaries, stopping oil rigs off shore, saving reef environments, and replenishing fish reserves. As Kindle | More... | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

       50 Ways to Save the Ocean

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science. By Wallace 'J' Nichols. Why are we drawn to water? Why does being near it set our minds and bodies at ease and make us happier and healthier? Blue Mind revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing a remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. As Kindle | More… | Wallace 'J' Nichols EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Blue Mind: The Surprising Science

Canoeing a Continent: On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie. By Max Finkelstein. Using Mackenzie's journals and his own journal writings, Finkelstein creates a view of the land from two vantage points. He retraced the route of Alexander Mackenzie across North America from Ottawa through to Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, and then he paddled the Blackwater, Fraser and Peace Rivers. This route is the most significant water trail in North America, and perhaps the world. As Kindle | More... | Max Finkelstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Canoeing a Continent

Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment. By Denis Hayes. Cowed shows how raising and eating cattle has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created health problems, and drastically increased methane discharges (a very powerful greenhouse gas). Eating one pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gas. Cowed provides a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we share. Overall, Cowed points to a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. As Kindle | More… | Denis Hayes EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment

Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment. By Jacques Leslie. The 45,000 dams in the world have altered the speed of the planet's rotation, the tilt of its axis, and the shape of its gravitational field. This book examines the emerging crisis over dams and the world's water through the lives of three people: the world's foremost anti-dam activist; an American anthropologist; and an Australian water manager. Each of these portraits shows how dams seduce national leaders with seeming bounties of water and power but end up producing blights on the citizenry and landscape. As Kindle | More... | Jacques Leslie EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment

Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History Of America's Wetlands. By Ann Vileisis. The disappearing wetlands that once spread so abundantly across the American continent serve an essential ecological function. Vileisis discusses the many factors that influence patterns of their use – ideology, economics, law, perception, art – and examines the complicated interactions among those factors that have resulted in our contemporary landscape. A fascinating look at how Americans have thought about wetlands from colonial times through the present day. A synthesis of social and environmental history. As Kindle | More… | Ann Vileisis EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History Of America's Wetlands

Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis. By Jerry Yudelson. Water shortages are an increasingly serious global problem. Dry Run shows the best ways to manage water resources and handle upcoming urban water crises. Featuring interviews with twenty-five experts, it explains solutions for homes, buildings, facilities, and schools. Examining the linkages between water, energy use, urban development, and climate change, it demonstrates best practices in the built environment, including water conservation in structures, factories, and cities, rainwater harvesting
, graywater reuse, and water reclamation. As Kindle | More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement: The Case for River Conservation. By Tim Palmer. Based on careful research and hundreds of interviews, this information-packed narrative is regarded as a classic. The first edition is now updated and includes two new chapters that chart the course of conservation during the past twenty years and explore how the movement will likely change in the future. This book will fascinate all who care about rivers, and it will engage those who seek to understand environmental history, resource management, and the evolution of programs in response to changing needs. As Kindle | More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement: The Case for River Conservation

Entering the Watershed: A New Approach To Save America's River Ecosystems. By Bob Doppelt et al. The product of a Pacific Rivers Council project to develop new federal river protection and restoration policies, this book offers a comprehensive approach to river protection and restoration based on principles of watershed dynamics, ecosystem function, and conservation biology. It describes the existing level of damage to rivers and species, analyzes flaws and gaps in policy, provides the framework necessary to develop new policies, outlines scientific and management strategies, and makes policy proposals. More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Entering the Watershed: A New Approach To Save America's River Ecosystems

Infrastructural Ecologies for Fouché, Haiti. By Hillary Brown. How might a small Haitian village lacking basic power, sanitation, and waste collection and with a limited water supply achieve a measure of infrastructural self-sufficiency? How could these basic services be provided relying primarily on local natural resources while at the same time also creating local jobs? This was the challenge for Fouché, a hamlet spread out along a main road running through the Les Palmes district of Haiti. Solutions are proposed using a multi-objective, holistic design approach reliant on an integrated planning process. More… | Hillary Brown EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Infrastructural Ecologies for Fouché, Haiti

Lifelines, The Case for River Conservation. By Tim Palmer. The health of our nation is reflected in the health of our rivers. These flowing streams supply our drinking water and they sustain the biological wealth of the continent. Central to our past and vital to our future, rivers are the lifelines, yet they are constantly under siege. Now we face increased diversion of flows, loss of riparian habitat, and pollution from toxic waste, feedlots, farms, and clearcuts. Palmer examines the alarming condition of rivers in today's world and reports on what people are doing to solve the challenging problems. As Kindle | More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Lifelines, The Case for River Conservation

The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide 2005-2006. By David Helvarg. A new environmental movement is emerging to help combat threats to America's oceans and coasts. The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide is a comprehensive overview of the “Blue Movement.” This one-of-a-kind reference details more than 2,000 organizations and institutions that are working to understand, protect, and restore our ocean and coastal areas. Along with the state-by-state listings, the directory includes sections that identify government agencies, academic marine programs, and marine and coastal parks and protected areas. As Kindle | More... | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide 2005-2006

Paddling The Boreal Forest: Rediscovering A.P. Low. By Max Finkelstein and James Stone. Tells the story of following the path of one of Canada's "iron men", Albert Peter Low, who explored the vastness of Northern Quebec's boreal forest at the end of the 19th Century. This region has captivated avid canoeists for generations. The book describes Low's journey based on his own records, and then it recounts the authors' attempts to retrace the trail he followed. Using archival sources, oral history and personal experience, they tell the story and, in the process, reveal the environmental issues now facing this wilderness. As Kindle | More… | Max Finkelstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma

Rivers of America. By Tim Palmer. A collection of nearly 200 stunning photographs captured at rivers all across the United States. Photographed from the shore, from his canoe and raft, from skis on frozen rivers, from mountaintops and airplanes overhead, and from within the river currents by wading in as deep as he could go. In vivid detail, Palmer shows the true nature of the sometimes peaceful, sometimes turbulent waterways that make up our watery network, from Maine to California, from Florida to Alaska. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Rivers of America

Watershed: The Undamming of America. By Elizabeth Grossman. Dams affect a river's ecosystem, throwing off the balance that fosters plant, insect and fish life. Grossman gives a national perspective to the current movement toward dam removal and reports on the complex and conflicting political and economic perspectives and pressures that drive or resist removal. Examines the implications of dam removal to America's rivers and their communities by exploring the stories of a number of places where dam removal and river restoration are now underway. This is a story of people and place, and of a vital turning point in the nation's relationship to its rivers. More... | Elizabeth Grossman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Watershed: The Undamming of America

The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. By David Wann. Drawing from his own considerable gardening experience, as well from people he calls "The Zen Masters of the Western Garden," Wann offers a mix of stories, how-to advice, and simple, doable projects ideal for gardeners in the high and arid landscapes of the West. For gardeners of the high plains and mountains who are "meteorologically and topographically challenged," who routinely grapple with wild weather swings, high elevations, and scarcity of water, he offers inspiration and invaluable tips for success. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques

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Behind the Dolphin Smile: A True Story that Will Touch the Hearts of Animal Lovers Everywhere. By Ric O’Barry. This is a true story that will move not only animal lovers but everyone who loves a well-told tale. Ric O'Barry had everything – money, flashy cars, pretty women – but it wasn't enough to keep his conscience at bay. He began to understand that dolphins were easy to train because of their great intelligence, not his great talent, and keeping them in captivity was cruel and morally wrong. He now devotes his life to untraining dolphins and returning them to their natural habitats. More… | Ric O’Barry EcoSpeakers Info >>

Blue Frontier: Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness. By David Helvarg. A panoramic chronicle of America's maritime history and the challenges that our coastal and marine environments face today. Profiles the growing efforts by coastal citizens and local governments to restore and protect the health of our oceans in the face of development along our coasts. Demonstrating how national policymaking on the oceans is enmeshed in a welter of competing jurisdictions, Blue Frontier argues for strong omnibus legislation including the creation of truly protected marine wilderness reserves. More... | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Columbia. By Tim Palmer. The mighty Columbia River's watershed flows from seven states and one Canadian province, drawing on a hundred mountain ranges and a thousand tributaries. This large-format, full-color pictorial celebrates the landscape and people that shape this great American river. Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, it offers an insightful vision and sustainable solutions for the future of the Columbia. A great read for activists and armchair explorers alike. Includes 60 color photos, 6 illustrations, and a Color map. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Cruise Ship Blues. By Ross A. Klein. Cruising is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Cruise Ship Blues reveals its dark side and discusses what can be done to make the cruise business socially and environmentally accountable. More… | Ross A. Klein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Cruise Ship Squeeze: The New Pirates of the Seven Seas. By Ross A. Klein. Focuses on the politics and economics of an industry subsidized by ports as well as by local, regional, and national governments and running roughshod over environmental and other laws and regulations. Through confidential documents and meetings with port officials, corporate executives, politicians, and industry insiders, it includes information never previously reported. More… | Ross A. Klein EcoSpeakers Info >>

High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines: Best Practices for the Public Right-of-Way. By Hillary Brown. This detailed handbook describes practices for creating sustainable city streets, sidewalks, utilities, and urban landscaping. Following the Design Trust for Public Space's acclaimed High Performance Building Guidelines, it launches a new era in the design and construction of public infrastructure. It includes sections on the benefits and precedents of high-performance infrastructure, near and long-term performance objectives, and best practices for sustainable construction in the public right-of-way. More… | Hillary Brown EcoSpeakers Info >>

Saved By the Sea: A Love Story With Fish. By David Helvarg. From bodysurfing in Central American war zones, diving barrier reefs with his tragically fated love, Nancy, or being bumped by a whale off Antarctica, David Helvarg has lived a life often as endangered as the ocean he now works to protect. This eloquent and honestly told tale of the changes in one man's journey and the world's ocean over the last half-century is also a profound, startling, and sometimes surprisingly funny reflection on the state of our seas and the intimate ways in which our lives are all linked to the natural world around us. More… | David Helvarg EcoSpeakers Info >>

To Free a Dolphin. By Ric O’Barry. O’Barry passionately recounts the dramatic story of his heart-breaking campaign to release captive dolphins back into the wild. With wit and insight, he chronicles the extreme opposition he has faced from bureaucrats, major players in the captive-dolphin industry, rival wildlife groups, and well-meaning sentimentalists. As Kindle | More… | Ric O’Barry EcoSpeakers Info >>

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