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Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

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We have disrupted the natural water cycle for centuries in an effort to control water for our own prosperity. Yet every year, recovery from droughts and floods costs billions of dollars, and we spend billions more on dams, diversions, levees, and other feats of engineering. These massive projects not only are risky financially and environmentally, they often threaten socia ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Island Press
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Clare O'Beara
Amid many warnings about climate change, terrible weather patterns, droughts and floods, the author blesses us with first-hand accounts of seeing rivers restored to natural conditions, wetlands created to soak excess water, organic matter added to soils to retain moisture. Just to read the descriptions of a revitalised river and the natural life stirring within days, followed by full-on shrubs, trees, fishes and birds, is a balm to a soul.

I did find the telling a bit jerky as the author hops ar
Sarah Boon
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has a terrible title (virtuous? prosperity?), but if you can get past that it's a good read. Postel covers various components of the water cycle, discussing how we've altered them, how they can be improved, and what's being done towards that improvement. She relies on a lot of technological advances that are reducing water consumption and improving water treatments etc., but also talks about the importance of various community members working collaboratively to solve these problems. Sh ...more
Isabel H
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro hace parte de las lecturas obligatorias para una de mis clases este semestre y tengo dos comentarios generales:
1) Hace un excelente trabajo de convencer al lector de la importancia de la conservación del agua para la vida, el planeta, la cultura, la economía, absolutamente todo. La autora adora el agua, y a veces habla con ella hasta con reverencia, y eso es muy hermoso.
2) Equilibra relatos de la degradación extrema de fuentes de agua alrededor del mundo- que es muy deprimente- con ej
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Took me awhile to find my groove with this one. But the more I read, the more I enjoyed it.

Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
Every day we "eat" a thousand times more water than we drink. Totaling it all up, it takes about 7,500 liters (nearly 2,000 gallons) of water a day to keep the average American lifestyle afloat. About half of that water is hidden in our diets. In part because Americans are quite carnivorous, and meat often (although not always, as we'll see later) takes a lot of water
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Postel's Replenish is an inspiring read, streaming (ahem) with examples around the world showing how communities, businesses, and governments are working constructively to tackle the real problem of diminished water flows--a problem pronounced in areas such as southern Arizona, the Yampa River in Colorado, or Australia, which was subject to a multi-year drought. Most importantly, she makes a strong case that even with growing populations world-wide, humanity can devise ways -- through policy and ...more
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Postel introduced some hard facts with practical solutions on implementing sustainable water cycle. Amid climate emergency and hotter water bodies, we have to keep reminding ourselves water is bases of life, with no substitute, and finite (although it's recyclable). 70% of water usage in irrigated agriculture with 10% of food production is based on over-pumping. Soil can hold 8 times more water than all rivers, managing soil is managing water. Building dams that blocks the water cycle where wate ...more
Marie Hoffman
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll return to this book. Its nice to hear stories of what can be done and what people are doing about climate change and water. I learned stories from all over the world, and learned somethings about water infrastructure in my own back yard too. This makes me want to check out more books from this publisher. ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting case studies but at times I felt it was a bit overly sunny given the seriousness of our issues with fresh water. Nevertheless interesting to see potential solutions.
Samuel Wells
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very readable overview of the troubled state of freshwater ecosystems and what we can do (and is being done) to improve the damage we have done. This is an important book.
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