The Everglades: River of Grass

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2007 - Nature - 447 pages
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Before 1947, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas named The Everglades a "river of grass," most people considered the area worthless. She brought the world's attention to the need to preserve The Everglades. In the Afterword, Michael Grunwald tells us what has happened to them since then. Grunwald points out that in 1947 the government was in the midst of establishing the Everglades National Park and turning loose the Army Corps of Engineers to control floods--both of which seemed like saviors for the Glades. But neither turned out to be the answer. Working from the research he did for his book, The Swamp, Grunwald offers an account of what went wrong and the many attempts to fix it, beginning with Save Our Everglades, which Douglas declared was "not nearly enough." Grunwald then lays out the intricacies (and inanities) of the more recent and ongoing CERP, the hugely expensive Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

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Its endlessness an ache against the eyes The sawgrass marches on to meet the skies The gaunt and twisted mangrove-root parades The vastness men have called the Everglades, from Everglades by Vivian ... Read full review

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Scipio Bowlegs was my great, great grand father. I am a descendant of the Seminole Indians. Thank God for the Everglades and the Seminoles used that waterway to reach the Bahamas.


The Nature of the Everglades
The People of the Glades
The Discoverers
The Adventurers
Captives and Martyrs
The Conquerors
Three Hundred Quiet Years
The Free People
The Coming of Peace
White Mans Return
Drainage and the Frontier
XTV Boom Blow Bust and Recovery
The Eleventh Hour
Afterword by Michael Grunwald
Index 434

Fighting Retreat
The Undefeated

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas is considered by many to be the first lady of the Everglades. What others called a worthless swamp, she dubbed the river of grass, and she fought fiercely to protect and revive the Everglades in her lifetime. Her autobiography, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, is the story of a strong-willed, determined woman who let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing her goals and living my own life in my own way. Everglades: River of Grass chronicles her involvement in Everglades affairs.

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