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( Read E-pub ) õ Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. Õ 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, MiamiHerald 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 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 squandered so much of its abundant freshwater that it now faces shortages and conflicts once unique 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 aquifers 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, inequities 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. Cadillac Desert is the definitive work on water in the West, but no one has written the equivalent book for the East Coast This doesn t attempt to be as sweeping but it makes a good starting point I found Mirage interesting because it gives the Florida perspective on a lot of the same issues like the water wars I cover in Georgia and of course all these problems are writ large in Florida I also got aaccurate picture of Florida s real lack of progress with water issues Previously I Cadillac Desert is the definitive work on water in the West, but no one has written the equivalent book for the East Coast This doesn t attempt to be as sweeping but it makes a good starting point I found Mirage interesting because it gives the Florida perspective on a lot of the same issues like the water wars I cover in Georgia and of course all these problems are writ large in Florida I also got aaccurate picture of Florida s real lack of progress with water issues Previously I mostly saw Florida are progressive on these things because of the massive Everglades restoration plan and the aggressiveness of many state laws governing water What I didn t realize was how little funding the plan has actually received and how politics has ensured that many of those great laws aren t enforced I was especially intrigued by the sections on how the destruction of the Everglades has changed Florida s microclimates increasing freezes in orange country, for example and the chapter on bottled water The unclear origins of most bottled water are something I d read about before, but I had not learned about what bottlers don t pay for pumping and selling the stuff from springs, and the effect that has on aquifers Barnett writes in a fairly punchy, readable style although her anecdotes can be a bit pat and as a journalist I appreciate the extensive endnotes This makes a good introduction to the East Coast water issues that will likely represent an even bigger commodity and political football in a few short years I learned so much about the history of Florida and its water systems from this read Boy, what a mess we ve made Mirage was publishedthan 11 years ago, so I d like to hope we ve made some progress in the restoration of our natural water systems in the meantime However, another toxic algae bloom this summer has dampened my hopes Florida s environmental challenges should be a top issue for any future local elections The state relies on its natural resources and beauty too much for reside I learned so much about the history of Florida and its water systems from this read Boy, what a mess we ve made Mirage was publishedthan 11 years ago, so I d like to hope we ve made some progress in the restoration of our natural water systems in the meantime However, another toxic algae bloom this summer has dampened my hopes Florida s environmental challenges should be a top issue for any future local elections The state relies on its natural resources and beauty too much for residents to continue to ignore the damage being done Ultimately, the choices we make about her water will help determine how we fare as states, as a nation, as humans We can go on wasting copious amounts of water, using treated drinking water to quench suburban lawns, or we can appreciate it s worth We can keep giving water away, for free, to anyone with a business plan, or put a price on it to make sure water is protected and valued We can continue to bend wetlands and growth laws, or we can demand their consistent enforcement We can spendtax dollars on enormous water diversion and other technological schemes that may be risky, or we can spend them on water conservation, land preservation, and restoration projects We can watch our children repeat the mistakes of Americas water history in the East, draining water and giving it away to all comers in the West, damming it up and doling it out until there is not enough for people or nature.Or we can teach them how lucky they are to have water for drinking, for bathing, or simply for the sheer joy of plunging into an icy, clear blue spring on a hot summer day 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 equal to that of Category 5 hurricanes Jeb Bush, erstwhile land developer and ongoing sadsack 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 equal 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