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This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound (2002)

by Tom Andersen

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This Fine Piece of Water has an environmental-movement spin — the geology and history lead up to a story of hypoxia in the late 80s and CT's and NY's attempts to curb nitrogen discharge into Long Island Sound. The author is a former journalist who was covering environmental news at the time, and so has some detailed knowledge of the politics and players.

This book comes with a great pedigree — it's published by Yale University Press, with a forward by Robert Kennedy, Jr., and the author has an EPA award for journalism. The source material is broad and includes interviews by the author, and Andersen also has a grasp of both science and politics, both of which are absolutely critical for understanding and explaining environmental policy. ( )
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Long Island Sound is not only the most heavily used estuary in North America, it is also one of the most beautiful waterways, with picturesque seascapes and landfalls. But centuries of pollution and other abuse have gradually been killing off its marine life and have pushed the Sound to the brink of disaster. This fascinating book traces the history of the Sound and its use as a resource from the time of contact between the Native Americans and Dutch traders through the suburban sprawl of recent decades-and tells how a group of scientists and citizens has been working to save the Sound from ruin. Tom Andersen begins by describing the dramatic events of the summer of 1987, when a condition called hypoxia (lack of dissolved oxygen in the water brought about by a combination of pollution and other factors) killed large numbers of fish and lobsters in the Sound. He discusses how scientists first documented and explained the development of hypoxia and how research and cleanup are now being carried out to restore the Sound. Interweaving current events, natural history, and human history, Andersen presents a cautionary tale of exploitation without concern for preservation.

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2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300102879, 0300082509

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