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Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. Paperback – April 21, 2008
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Water scarcity is not your problem, right? Let all those fools moving to Florida, Texas, California and Nevada worry whether FEMA will have to roll into towns during the next drought and pass out bottled water. You can still turn on your grass sprinkler and catch fish in the local pond without worry.
If that's where you are when it comes to water, Cynthia Barnett has news for you -- someday Las Vegas and Miami will be coming for your water, too. And they'll set their sights on draining your fish pond dry.
If you're already in Florida and can't understand why water bills are going up in a subdivision surrounded by water-soaked scenery, Barnett has some tough love for you, too.
Reading Mirage will open your eyes. Barnett's writing is so (pardon the pun) fluid that even the most unsophisticated novice will come away with the ability to confidently explain why bottled "spring" water may actually be less safe to drink than what comes out of your kitchen tap.
The book is a must read for Floridians. It uses the state -- an extreme example of water policy gone bad -- to instruct readers in the basics tenents of environmental protection and why it matters to everyone. Why should Floridians care if Atlanta suburbanites water their lawns? Because in a drought the rivers that begin in Georgia won't have enough water to feed Florida's bays down stream. And without the perfect freshwater/saltwater balance at the outlet to the Gulf of Mexico, valuable shellfish are completely wiped out. Suddenly there's an economic problem, too.Read more ›
Diane C. Donovan
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This book was recommended to me by Jerry Bullard, a north Floridian. I live in south Florida--not the same aquifer but overused and under restored. Read morePublished 11 months ago by barbara V Meade
The book is in perfect conditions and the prices is good for this quality. I'm enjoying the reading too.Published 15 months ago by Yasmin Morales
It will open your eyes to the water wars likely to happen in the future. And please - if nothing else - reconsider using ANY bottled water ever again. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by P. Lynn
In her book "Mirage" Barnett's clever use of imagery and drama in her storytelling, reflects the true tale of political drama surrounding water. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Water Woes
I pulled out and read Cynthia's last book MIRAGE before attending my first Florida State Audubon Conference. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Susanne Derby
Cynthia Barnett takes readers on a journey through Florida via its rivers, lakes and springs, to show us firsthand the impact of man's actions on these natural gems. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Jim McClellan
This is a very well written book full of great information. It's a little depressing given that once again it shows our elected officials care less about the general public and the... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Sharkl