Darby Nelson, Professor Emeritus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and aquatic ecologist, has served three terms as a Minnesota state legislator and is the former board president of Conservation Minne...
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For Love of Lakes
Finalist: 24th annual
Minnesota Book Awards, Memoir & Creative
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.
B&W illustrations by Katherine Darnell,
224 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", September 2011
B&W illustrations, referencesworld rights
224 pp., 6 " x 9 ", September