Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis
By Cynthia Barnett

One of the Boston Globe’s Ten Best Science Books of 2011

Award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett reports on the many ways one of the most water-rich nations on the planet has squandered its way to scarcity, arguing that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America. 


Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other country in the world, rarely considering the consequences for our rivers, aquifers, and other freshwaters. Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis-driven by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. But the book also offers much reason for hope. Reporting from across the country and around the globe, award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America. Just as the green movement helped build awareness about energy and sustainability, so a blue movement will reconnect Americans to their water. Avoiding past mistakes, living within our water means, and turning to “local water” as we do local foods are all key to this new, blue revolution.

Table of Contents: 

Chapter 1 The Illusion of Water Abundance
Chapter 2 Reclamation to Restoration
Chapter 3 The Netherlands: Deluge, Dams, and the Dutch Miracle
Chapter 4 Powerful Thirst
Chapter 5 Taproot of the Crisis
Chapter 6 The Water-Industrial Complex
Chapter 7 Singapore: Of Songbirds and Sewage
Chapter 8 The Big Dipper
Chapter 9 The Business of Blue
Chapter 10 Australia: Dry Down Under
Chapter 11 An American Water Ethic
Chapter 12 Local Water

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