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Lifelines : The Case for River Conservation - Tim Palmer


The Case for River Conservation

Paperback Published: 29th January 2004
ISBN: 9780742531390
Number Of Pages: 256

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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. In Lifelines, Tim Palmer addresses the fate of our waterways. While proposals for destructive federal dams are no longer common, and some of the worst pollution has been brought under control, myriad other concerns have appeared-many of them more complex than threats of the past. 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. In many stories of hope, he chronicles the success of citizens and government agencies working for better stewardship and pioneering new ways of caring for our waters and land. Finally, he considers what the future will hold for these critical lifelines. According to Palmer, caring for rivers as centerpieces of local ecosystems marks a hopeful starting point toward better care for the planet.

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Palmer has compiled heartening stories of successful struggles to illustrate the core of his case: an affirmation that we can save what's left of our wild rivers and restore what's been damaged if we organize to protect local watersheds. His book ought to be required reading for voters as well as elected officials and bureaucrats.--Audubon

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Sustaining the Lifelines of a Continentp. 1
The Embodiment of Riversp. 21
Breaking the Concrete Fixp. 41
The Myth of Hydropowerp. 61
The Elusive Goal of Qualityp. 101
The Remains of Riversp. 121
The Riparian Edgep. 151
The Heart of the Ecosystemp. 177
A Time for Riversp. 197
Sourcesp. 209
Organizations Involved in River Protectionp. 221
Indexp. 223
About the Authorp. 231
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ISBN: 9780742531390
ISBN-10: 0742531392
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 29th January 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.78  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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