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Stolen Water : Saving the Everglades from Its Friends, Foes, and Florida - W. Hodding Carter

Stolen Water

Saving the Everglades from Its Friends, Foes, and Florida

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A riotous journey through America's most controversial, beautifully unapproachable, and abused wilderness -- the Florida Everglades.

In December 2000, President Clinton signed into law a $7.8 billion restoration plan for the Everglades that garnered national attention and has since become America's touchstone for environmental issues. Enter W. Hodding Carter, a man already bemused by the state of Florida and determined to see what, if any, progress has been made with the Everglades. For reasons unclear even to him, this amazing, remote, mosquito-infested, hard-to-love region has captured Carter's imagination and won't let go. So, for the past few years, Carter has examined the Everglades from all angles -- social, political, cultural, environmental -- culminating in an ungodly canoe trip through the heart of the Everglades.

But this being Hodding Carter -- a man who sailed a Viking ship dressed in serge for one book and followed in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark for another -- a canoe trip the length of the Everglades is merely the tip of the iceberg. Stolen Water finds him adopting a manatee, and auditioning to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs -- not enough that he reports on things, he actually has to do them, too, often to hilarious effect. In the end, though, his tireless reporting reveals the Everglades as never before. Not content with merely observing, he also interviews all the key players, from environmentalists to sugar farmers to Senator Bob Graham, and gives them just enough rope to hang themselves.

Always humane, often controversial, and highly readable, Hodding Carter has brought to life this murky, alluring place through his powerful eyewitness account and swampy mishaps. Stolen Water is narrative nonfiction at its best, from one of our most talented and funny writers.

"[Carter] is a passionate grumbler. Stolen Water is his love song to the Everglades as well as a heartfelt rejoinder to the deal makers who brokered its restoration plan...[and] is richly peopled with an eclectic array of biologists, activists, Big Sugar executives, and government bureaucrats."
-- Audubon (Editor's Choice)

Contents

Manateeville

Go Away, Go Away, Go Away...

Squeezing Periphyton

A Rich Mead of Praise

A Better Sand Castle

Stolen Water

Wonking the Wonk

A River Runs through Some of It

Where's the Ice Cream, Honey?

The Battle Against Evapotranspiration

Dammed

Intermission: Swimming with the Mermaids

Something About Sugar

Through the Saw Grass

The Politician

The Ur-Glades

I Am Florida

The Beginning

Further Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

ISBN: 9781416584858
ISBN-10: 1416584854
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: Atria Books