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Moving Water

The Everglades and Big Sugar

Only a century ago, nearly all of South Florida was under water. The Everglades, one of the largest wetlands in the world, was a watery arc extending over 3 million acres. Today, that wetland ecosystem is half of its former self, supplanted by housing for the region's exploding population and over 700,000 acres of crops, including the nation's largest supply of sugar cane. Countless canals, dams, and pump stations keep the trickle flowing, but rarely address the cascade of environmental consequences, including dangerous threats to a crucial drinking water source for a full third of Florida's residents.

In Moving Water, environmental journalist Amy Green explores the story of unlikely conservation heroes George and Mary Barley, wealthy real estate developers and champions of the Everglades, whose complicated legacy spans from fisheries in Florida Bay to the political worlds of Tallahassee and Washington. At the center of their surprising saga is the establishment and evolution of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), a $17 billion taxpayer-funded initiative aimed at reclaiming this vital ecosystem. Green explains that, like the meandering River of Grass, the progress of CERP rarely runs straight, especially when it comes up against the fierce efforts of sugar-growing interests, or "Big Sugar," to obstruct the cleanup of fertilizer runoff wreaking havoc with restoration.

This engrossing exposé tackles some of the most important issues of our time: Is it possible to save a complex ecosystem such as the Everglades—or, once degraded, are such ecological wonders gone forever? What kind of commitments—economic, scientific, and social—will it take to rescue our vulnerable natural resources? What influences do special interests wield in our everyday lives, and what does it take to push real reform through our democracy? A must-read for anyone fascinated by stories of political intrigue and the work of environmental crusaders like Erin Brockovich, as well as anyone who cares about the future of Florida, this book reveals why the Everglades serve as a model—and a warning—for environmental restoration efforts worldwide.

About the Author

Amy Green is an award-winning radio and print journalist covering the environment at NPR affiliate station WMFE 90.7. After beginning her career at The Associated Press, she has worked as a regular contributor to PEOPLE, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications.

Reviews

"Moving Water is so well-written, so compelling, that I read the entire book in one sitting. Exploring current efforts to undo more than a century of damage, Amy Green does an excellent job of telling the story of recent water management policies that have adversely affected the Kissimmee–Okeechobee–Everglades–Florida Bay ecosystem."—Gary Goforth, Chief Consulting Engineer, Everglades Construction Project, 1994-2005

"In Moving Water, journalist Amy Green unfurls the intricately threaded story of Mary and George Barley, showing how they used science and the law to help create the movement to restore the endangered Florida Everglades. Although the Barleys' heroic efforts speak for themselves, Green's clarity and deft research make the couple's public service vivid and memorable. Tracing the battle to make Big Sugar and others pay their fair share to clean up the pollution they are responsible for in the Everglades, this book is a must-read. Restoring what remains of this fragile and important ecosystem should be everyone's concern."—Bill Maxwell, Tampa Bay Times

"Veteran journalist Amy Green paints an evocative picture of the sun-drenched, dying Everglades and of the woman who navigated the stormy waters of politics to try to save the troubled ecosystem. Colorful and richly informative, this debut is fact-filled environmental and political storytelling at its best."—Kristin Harmel, #1 international best-selling author of The Winemaker's Wife

"Amy Green delves into the rich history of the Everglades and explores how the sugar industry and the US government have made it increasingly difficult to protect and restore one of the world's most delicate ecosystems. This isn't just a story about endangered wetlands in southern Florida; it's a story of politics and corruption, of the inherent conflict between global commerce and environmental preservation. With deep reporting and evocative writing, Green's debut book is urgent and significant."—Trevor Aaronson, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism

"Moving Water promises to be a fascinating and urgently necessary read for every Floridian, with a much larger story to tell about politics, ecology, and the interdependency of individuals like Everglades activists George and Mary Barley and their environment."—Karen Russell, Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author of Swamplandia!

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