Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University and the author of Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana and An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature.
Praise for Southern Waters
“A benchmark review of water resource management in the southern U.S. . . . [Colten] uses case studies very effectively, and they illuminate the diversity of natural, political, and social systems in the South. . . . Highly recommended.”—CHOICE
“Highly readable, yet densely researched. . . .A richly researched historical and cultural analysis that explains how and why water has become a scarce resource and identifies the barriers to prudent and fair management of water resources in the American South. Craig Colten has written an insightful book that should appeal to the educated public, students, and scholars alike.”—Geographical Review
“A fine primer. . . Colten’s quality research and high level of expertise are accessible to and understandable by a wide audience. I strongly recommend the book for the general public, elected officials, and water policymakers. . . . I especially recommend the book to judges on whose shoulders lie the duty of finding justice in our sharing the common pool of water.”—Environmental History
“[A] broadly conceived and important book. . . . The book balances a synoptic regional perspective with an attention to places that illustrate broader trends or were somehow formative in the making of a new legal or policy regime. . . . This book provides many cautionary examples and richly drawn cases with which to meditate on emerging challenges and the best means to face them proactively.”—AAG Review of Books
“For geographers interested in a thorough historical overview of water management policy in the southern United States, this book is an invaluable resource. It provides a comprehensive historical account of the evolution of thinking about water and how scientific understandings of water geographies and popular political sentiments have shaped the unique history of riparian environments in the South.”—Journal of Cultural Geography
“Using extensive research of court cases, federal and state agency documents, and historical sources, Colten examines the South’s policies and procedures related to water quality, conservation, and management. . . . An excellent piece of research and an important part of the regional narrative of the South.”—Historical Geography
“Water shortage is a new problem for the South, but it is likely to persist and grow worse. Those who seek to understand and reform the region's relationship with its water resources are well advised to read Colten's book.”—Journal of Historical Geography
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