This book, now over 10 years, is neither as alarming as it wants to be or as urgent as it needs to be. After reading, I have a greater understanding of the causes and effects of our water problems, but the writing was so dry (okay, pun somewhat intended) that I do not, at all, feel a call to action. That’s also because the authors’ proposals are so vast and overreaching (the phrase ‘pie-in-the-sky’ comes to mind here) that the final section of the book just made me want to throw up my hands rather than actually do anything. Their recommendations read as though they were simply transferred from pamphlets they’d already written. The statement of the problem lacks narrative drive or organization. And stop capitalizing the word ‘nature’; it does nothing to help the credibility of the arguments.

What a mess we’ve made.

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