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Introduction to Water in California (California Natural History Guides) Second Edition, Updated with a New Preface Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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“Prescient and timely. . . Carle’s obvious skills as an educator flow through the book as he reels in the reader with engaging hooks. . . The book is broad enough to be widely read and yet specific enough to serve as a text book.”
(North County Times 2009-04-05)

“A colorful overview of nature and politics.”
(Chico Enterprise-Record 2009-05-07)

“A straight-forward, non-political look at the history of water development in the Golden State.”
(The Record 2011-06-08)

“Carle’s writings are not so much a political statement as eloquent statements of historical fact.”
(Stockton Record 2012-10-03)

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"This book engages readers at a personal level."—Donald Pisani, author of Water and American Government

"Water is the foundation upon which California's ecosystems and economic vitality rise. This is a must read for anyone living in California, whether they are students, politicians, farmers, environmental activists, or corporate executives."—Arthur Guy Baggett, Jr., Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board

"A comprehensive, readable natural history guide to an extremely complicated subject. It interweaves the historical, human, and technological factors with the ecological and environmental realities."—Pam Lloyd, former Chair of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, S.F. Bay Region

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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 76)
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition, Updated with a New Preface edition (February 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260160
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

DAVID CARLE grew up in Orange County, California, received his bachelors degree at UC Davis in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a masters degree from CSU Sacramento in Recreation and Parks Administration. He was a ranger in California State Parks for 27 years; including the Mendocino Coast, Hearst Castle, the Auburn State Recreation Area (in the gold country of the Sierra foothills), and the State Indian Museum in Sacramento. From 1982 through 2000, at the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve, he shared the unit ranger position with his wife, participating in the long effort to protect that Eastern Sierra inland sea from the effects of stream diversions to Los Angeles. He taught biology and natural history courses at Cerro Coso Community College, the Eastern Sierra College Center in Mammoth Lakes.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Lehrman on September 18, 2005
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Carle engages one of most contentious and complex issue that our culture ignores - water. So we don't have enough water in California- you probably knew that. This book explores the nuances of California water - nature, culture, agriculture and infrastructure - in an concise volume that is suprisingly enjoyable for a such a dry topic.

There is enough information packed into this little book to serve as a textbook - as such, Carle has created a valuable primmer and users guide for the Golden State.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Quan on March 29, 2009
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This is a great overview book that carefully breaks down the various issues regarding water in California. The perspective is more political and historical rather than technical and your expectations should be accordingly. There is some scientific content to backup his positions but it is not the focus of the book.The book is well organized and contains plenty of illustrations and graphs. It is obvious the writer is a hippie but this is to be expected from the genre. There is a subtle bias but it is not deceptive and again is to be expected from the genre and perhaps the reader.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Schaefer on October 7, 2009
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This is a gem of a book. A comprehensive overview of water issues in California. Filled with useful and relevant facts, it is told in a narrative style that is often (as least for those with an interest in water issues) so gripping it can be hard to put down.

The book is small enough to fit in your coat pocket. The small size is part of its charm, but it also means the illustrations are necessarily very small. There are a number of maps which have been scaled down to the point of illegibility, and would be much more useful if they could be seen at a larger size. The author or publisher could do a service by making full-size versions of these available on the web.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Hecox on February 8, 2008
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I was assigned this book for a Water Law & Policy class. I absolutely love it. It has SO much information for such a small book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bowonwing on January 16, 2014
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pages 26-27:
"Age dating of tree stumps that are now submerged in lakes and rivers has identified two epic droughts periods in California during the Middle Ages. Stumps at Mono Lake, Lake Tenaya and Walker River show two medieval droughts, one lasting 140 years and the other at least 100 years. The twentieth century was not 'normal' when compared to this longer record; it was, in fact, California's third- or fourth-wettest century of the past 4,000 years. Scott Stine, in his report on this research, noted, 'Since statehood, Californians have been living the the best of climatic times. And we've taken advantage of these best of times by building the most colossal urban and agricultural infrastructure in the entire world, all dependent on huge amounts of water, and all based on the assumption that runoff from the Sierra Nevada will continue as it has during the past 150 years.' "
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TK from MN on June 7, 2012
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Excellent... organized, factual, current, unbiased. Guaranteed to enrich you understanding and appreciation for water and the future of it particularly as relates to California. Extremely well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laura miller on April 16, 2014
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What better time than in a deep drought to read this book. This book thoroughly documents the cycles of water, as it is experienced throughout California. It also documents how this water was and is captured and distributed. Also presented are the projections of population growth, agricultural expectations, and how these demands can potentially be met. It is an excellent overview of this very precious resource that we often take for granted.
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