For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson

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America has more than 130,000 lakes of significant size. Ninety percent of all Americans live within fifty miles of a lake, and our 1.8 billion trips to watery places make them our top vacation choice. Yet despite this striking popularity, more than 45 percent of surveyed lakes and 80 percent of urban lakes do not meet water quality standards. For Love of Lakes weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. For Love of Lakes is an affectionate account documenting our species’ long relationship with lakes — their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message, and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology. This is a necessary and thoughtful book that addresses the stewardship void while providing improved understanding of our most treasured natural feature.

 

About Darby Nelson

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Darby Nelson, Professor Emeritus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and aquatic ecologist, has servedt hree terms as a Minnesota state legislator and is the former board president of Conservation Minnesota.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Michigan State University Press. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Nelson combines lyrical prose with hard-edged science as he examines how we are loving our lakes to death.

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