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Aqua Shock: Water in Crisis, Revised and Updated

ISBN: 978-0-470-91806-7
255 pages
April 2011
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An objective look at America's rapidly shrinking water supply

Once believed to be a problem limited to America's southwest, water shortages are now an issue coast to coast, from New England to California. In Aqua Shock: The Water Crisis in America, author Susan J. Marks provides a comprehensive analysis of the current conflicts being waged over dwindling water supplies. She presents the findings of university studies, think tanks, and research groups, as well as the opinions of water experts, including Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. The book

  • Explains where our water comes from and who controls it, as well as the cost of water on cash, commodities, and capitalism
  • Describes the risks of running out of water
  • Details how we can preserve and protect our most precious, yet most undervalued natural resource

Right now, battles over water supplies rage across the country. Aqua Shock is an objective look at how we arrived at this crisis point and what we can do-and should be doing-to solve the water crisis in America.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Liquid Gold 7

Chapter 2 Where Our Water Comes From: A Global Perspective 31

Chapter 3 The Disappearing Act 59

Chapter 4 Danger! Safe Water at Risk 91

Chapter 5 On Governing Water 113

Chapter 6 America’s Water Gods 139

Chapter 7 The Cost of Water: Cash, Commodities, and Capitalism 157

Chapter 8 Can Our Water Be Saved? 189

Epilogue 223

Glossary 229

Recommended Resources 235

About the Author 241

Index 243

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Author Information

Susan J. Marks is an award-winning journalist and author. She spent more than a dozen years at the Denver Post, primarily as Sunday business editor and special projects editor for the business department. She has also written for BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Woman's World, ColoradoBiz, and the United Communications Group. Her work has received awards and recognition from local, regional, and national organizations, including Gannett, the Colorado Press Association, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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