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mobi ¼ Mirage Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern US ð Hardcover ´ “Never before has the case been compellingly made that America’s dependence on a free and abundant water supply has become an illusion Cynthia Barnett does it by telling us the stories of the amazing personalitiesOnce uniue to the arid West Florida’s parched swamps and supersized residential developments set the stage in the first book to call attention to the steady disappearance of freshwater in the American East from water diversion threats in the Great Lakes to tapped out freshwater auifers along the Atlantic seaboard Told through a colorful cast of characters including Walt Disney Jeb Bush and Texas oilman Boone Pickens Mirage ferries the reader through the key water supply issues facing America and the globe water wars the politics of development ineuities in the price of water the bottled water industry privatization and new water supply schemes From its calamitous opening scene of a sinkhole swallowing a house in Florida to its concluding meditation on the relationship between water and the American character Mirage is a compelling and timely portrait of the use and abuse of freshwater in an era of rapidly vanishing natural resources? The Stranger Than Non Fiction Book Club gave Mirage by Cynthia Barnett a 4 star rating The general consensus was it was slow to start and it was depressing based on the subject matter It was also very informative and did improve as the group read farther into the book The majority felt that all Floridians should read it in order to understand the vital importance to water conservation A definite recommend

Mirage Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern USOnce uniue to the arid West Florida’s parched swamps and supersized residential developments set the stage in the first book to call attention to the steady disappearance of freshwater in the American East from water diversion threats in the Great Lakes to tapped out freshwater auifers along the Atlantic seaboard Told through a colorful cast of characters including Walt Disney Jeb Bush and Texas oilman Boone Pickens Mirage ferries the reader through the key water supply issues facing America and the globe water wars the politics of development ineuities in the price of water the bottled water industry privatization and new water supply schemes From its calamitous opening scene of a sinkhole swallowing a house in Florida to its concluding meditation on the relationship between water and the American character Mirage is a compelling and timely portrait of the use and abuse of freshwater in an era of rapidly vanishing natural resources? The Stranger Than Non Fiction Book Club gave Mirage by Cynthia Barnett a 4 star rating The general consensus was it was slow to start and it was depressing based on the subject matter It was also very informative and did improve as the group read farther into the book The majority felt that all Floridians should read it in order to understand the vital importance to water conservation A definite recommend

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Mirage Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern US ã “Never before has the case been compellingly made that America’s dependence on a free and abundant water supply has become an illusion Cynthia Barnett does it by telling us the stories of the amazing personalities behind our water wars the stunning contradictions that allow the wettest state to have the most watered lawns and the thorough research that makes her conclusions inescapable Barnett has established herself as one of Florida’s best journalists and Mirage is a must read for anyone who cares about the future of the state” Mary Ellen Klas Capital Bureau Chief Miami Herald “ Mirage is the finest general study to date of the freshwater supply crisis in Florida Well meaning villains abound in Cynthia Barnett’s story but so too do heroes such as Arthur R Marshall Jr Nathaniel Reed and Marjorie Harris Carr The author’s research is as thorough as her prose is graceful Drinking water is the new oil Get used to it” Michael A discussion and history of the escalating preciousness of freshwater in the United States In the overdeveloped state of Florida where the most valuable crop is rooftops homeowners are feeling the pinch even as new suburbs pop up in drained wetlands to further strain the water supply The author drives home the point that in this swampy peninsula real estate developers wield political clout roughly eual to that of Category 5 hurricanes Jeb Bush erstwhile land developer and ongoing sadsack ran for governor as a bilingual pragmatist and ostensible conservationist and spent eight years slightly impeding the process of knocking down orange groves to make room for pharmacies Published in 2007 the book also gives a still pertinent overview of the contentious Tragedy of the Commons politics of the Great Lakes the Colorado River and elsewhere in the world kindle ë Mirage Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern US ß Cynthia Barnett

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Cynthia Barnett ß Mirage Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern US doc Gannon Distinguished Professor of history University of Florida and author of Florida A Short History “With lively prose and a journalist’s eye for a good story Cynthia Barnett offers a sobering account of water scarcity problems facing Florida one of our wettest states and the rest of the East Coast Drawing on lessons learned from the American West Mirage uses the lens of cultural attitudes about water use and misuse to plead for reform Sure to engage and fascinate as it informs” Robert Glennon Morris K Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy University of Arizona and author of Water Follies Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters Part investigative journalism part environmental history Mirage reveals how the eastern half of the nation historically so wet that early settlers predicted it would never even need irrigation has suandered so much of its abundant freshwater that it now faces shortages and conflicts Cynthia Barnett’s “Mirage” tells the story and history of the mismanagement of Florida’s water resources It begins with developers who pleaded with politicians at the birth of the state to aid them in the draining of water for the sake of development and ends in the early twenty first century where developers are clamoring for governments to do the opposite and provide sources of fresh water for developmentThe author also examines other water shortages taking place in the Eastern US and contrasts them with the arid western half of the country where water wars have been historic in natureAlong the way the book highlights different Florida governors and their actions or inactions to aid the management of Florida’s water system I personally developed an appreciation for governor Askew 1971 79 a name I hadn’t heard before in my 24 years living in FloridaThe author introduced me to the concept of “The Tragedy of the Commons” and if anything displays that concept to its fullest it would be the tale of water usage in FloridaI was also fascinated to learn the effects of water drainage on the climate of the area being drained It alters not only the rainfall but the likelihood of plunging temperaturesIf you’re interested in water management the environment or the history of the state of Florida read this book