As you have come to expect with a new book comes an interview with the author. Here is an interview Andrea Wulf did with Smithsonian Magazine when Founding Gardeners came out in 2010
The May book is Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf. The discussion will be on May 23rd.
If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy from the Circulation Desk. They don’t need to call and sign up. Getting the book gives me an idea for numbers.
One of the things that Annin rails against in his book repeatedly as an example of poor water management is the Chicago River. While Annin does a great job explaining some of the history of the project, here’s more information on its history and future.
Illinois Periodicals Online: The Reversal of the Chicago River in 1900
Here’s some information on the Ogallala Aquifer, to give more of a background to that water crisis, which Annin touches on.
U.S. Geological Survey: High Plains Water-Level Monitoring Study
Scientific American: The Ogallala Aquifer: Saving a Vital U.S. Water Source (2009)
Bloomberg: Depletion of Giant Aquifer Threatens Vital U.S. Farmland (2015)
National Geographic: Texas Water District Acts to Slow Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer (2012)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Water Levels of the Great Lakes (February 2016)
One of the first things mentioned by Annin in the book is the scramble for water in the West: Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the Dakotas. So I’ll post some articles here that give some background into the increasing conflict between the states and the government and at times the ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management and the National Fish and Wildlife Service.
–Water As a Cash Crop (August 29, 2003) (Part 4)
2. The Bulletin: Ranchers and Officials Feud Over Water Rights (May 16th, 2004)
3. Denver Water: Water Rights Planning
4. Bureau of Land Management: The History of Public Land Livestock Grazing (November 6, 2015)
5. Thomas L. Fleischner, PhD.: Land Held Hostage: A History of Livestock and Politics
6. KQED Science: Court Battle Looms Over California’s Senior Water Rights (June 15, 2015)
7. Huffington Post: Along the Colorado River, Ranchers Square Off Against Cities Over Water Rights (October 26, 2015)
8. The Atlantic: A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West from Drought (March 2016)
9. The Sierra Club: Malheur Refuge Takeover Just The Latest Twist on a Long Running Story (January 15, 2016)
10. ProPublica: The ‘Water Witch’ (June 2, 2015)
11. The Denver Post: Guest Commentary: The West’s Water Right System Is Working (September 26, 2015)
12. The Wall Street Journal: For Water Rights in Montana, It’s Still The Wild West (June 26, 2015)
13. Civil Eats: For Beginning Farmers in the West, Finding the Water to Grow Food is a Constant Gamble (March 2, 2016)