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Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation

edited by Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones with contributions by Tricia Coakley, Jeffrey W. Stringer, Emma Whitt, Jamey Wiglesworth, Demetrio P. Zourarakis, Carol Wilson, Tanja N. Williamson, Kelly Taylor, Shaunna L. Scott, Jack Schieffer, Roger Recktenwald, Gary O'Dell, Zina Merkin, Stephanie McSpirit, Wuyang Hu, Carol Hanley, Jason Hale, Susan P. Hendricks, Amanda A. Gumbert, Michelle L. Guidugli, James C. Currens, Angela S. Crain, John R. Burch Jr., David R. Brown, Christopher D. Barton, Carmen T. Agouridis, Sam Adams, Brad D. Lee, and Stephen C. Richter

Availablepaperback$35.00s 978-0-8131-7515-7
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256 pages  Pubdate:   8 x 10  131 color photographs, 4 tables

LISTEN: Dr. Greg Davis, host of WUKY-FM’s “On Medicine,” talks with Dr. Amanda Abnee Gumbert, extension specialist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment about clean water, water systems, and why we should never take them for granted. Dr. Gumbert recently penned a chapter on the subject in Water in Kentucky: Natural History, Communities, and Conservation. |Listen online here

Home to sprawling Appalachian forests, rolling prairies, and the longest cave system in the world, Kentucky is among the most ecologically diverse states in the nation. Lakes, rivers, and springs have shaped and nourished life in the Commonwealth for centuries, and water has played a pivotal role in determining Kentucky’s physical, cultural, and economic landscapes. The management and preservation of this precious natural resource remain a priority for the state’s government and citizens.

In this generously illustrated book, experts from a variety of fields explain how water has defined regions across the Commonwealth. Together, they illuminate the ways in which this resource has affected the lives of Kentuckians since the state’s settlement, exploring the complex relationship among humans, landscapes, and waterways. They examine topics such as water quality, erosion and sediment control, and emerging water management approaches. Through detailed analysis and case studies, the contributors offer scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and general readers a wide perspective on the state’s valuable water resources.

Brian D. Lee is associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Kentucky.

Daniel I. Carey is a retired geologist with the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky.

Alice L. Jones is professor of geosciences at Eastern Kentucky University.

Simply outstanding! Water in Kentucky offers an exciting close-up view of what happens to the water that falls on the Commonwealth. You’ll be fascinated by the many innovative projects your neighbors are implementing to clean polluted runoff and to restore attractive wetlands and streams. This volume will guide you in taking action to improve water quality in your community for the benefit of people, plants, and wildlife. -- Thomas R. Biebighauser, author of Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair

This collection of 23 essays expertly covers the intricate relationship between water and our daily lives. These essays could easily serve as springboards for conversation in conservation and policy implementation for the future. This book stands as an important addition to the study of water resources in Kentucky. -- Kentucky Libraries

Water in Kentucky is a labor of love and a remarkable example of persistence and commitment by its editors Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones, and a wide variety of invited contributors. This book goes a long way toward weaving together many perspectives to create a better overall picture of the relevance of water in Kentucky. -- Groundwater