- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (August 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559632666
- ISBN-13: 978-1559632669
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,434,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only Chapter 2 (out of 8 chapters) is a little dull. In Chapter 2, the figures could have been more illustrative, and the discussion of numbers could have been livelier. Overall, the most interesting and understandable book on CWA.
The authors of this book know this but prefer to give us a "Chicken Little" story in which disaster is always coming around the corner. No law, apparently, is good enough to meet the dangers of water pollution that we face.
For example, they present evidence that water pollution from industrial (point) sources has declined while the major increases in pollution come from nonpoint agricultural sources. This seems to me a straightforward argument for being satisfied with the provisions of the CWA while bemoaning the fact that it did not address agricultural sources. Instead, the authors would rather be disappointed in all of the results.
There's a lot of good information in this book, as my example suggests, but the author's attitude toward the successes of the CWA make the tone of the book frustrating. The raw materials of a balanced assessment can be found in this book but the editorialization insists that the sky is falling.