Marc Reisner: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week
Drought conditions in California and the West bring to mind an author and his best-selling book. Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is Marc Reisner, whose bio is included in the Historical Water People section of the Water Education Foundation’s free online water encyclopedia.
According to an excerpt from the Aquapedia entry, “Marc Reisner (1948-2000), an environmental writer who became a celebrity in the water world, was the author of ‘Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986),’ a best-seller about Western water history and politics and a full-blown critique of 20th century water development, especially in California and the West. … Reisner, albeit highly critical of the water industry, changed his mindset over the years from that of a critic to instead a consultant and popular speaker who brought environmentalists and farm and urban water users together to work on water resources issues.”
His book was also made into a PBS documentary series.