WATER by Alice Outwater

From The New Yorker Magazine:

This book’s great virtue is the ease with which it explains how water works its way through North America.  The author, an expert on sludge, tells why our water is not all it should be, even though very little new industrial waste is being added.  She describes how once plentiful species–beavers, prairie dogs, bison, alligators–indirectly contributed to cleaning water, and how the loss of forest and the decline of forest fires have affected water quality.  Her tone is attractively specific: stylish in its directness, and realistic in its proposals.

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