Watershed Wisdom

Catching Up On Reading

Everyone cares about water. Luckily, there’s new information on watershed protection everyday, making it relatively easy to comprehend the urgent issues confronting the 15.6 million people who rely on the Delaware River Watershed. The “Little Giant” generates $22 billion in revenue for eastern Pennsylvania each year, according to The University of Delaware, and gas drillers should not underestimate how much the City of Brotherly Love loves this 333-mile long river.

When I’m overwhelmed by gas industry propaganda, I actively ingest writers who inform and bolster my efforts at watershed activism. There’s way more journalists, writers and bloggers out there than listed here! For a treasure trove of links, visit Protecting Our Waters, the StopFrackingPA! Facebook page, or explore any of the links on the right.

A Font of Water Wisdom…

  • Walter Brasch

Fracking: Pennsylvania Gags Physicians by Walter M. Brasch

Journalist and writer, Braschlooks at society and tries to understand, then analyze and explain its many complex parts as they relate to each other to help people better understand their own lives and what’s both necessary and important to their lives. His weekly column appears in 30+ print newspapers and several dozen online newspapers. He also writes books, often fusing social issues and history. Brasch is former newspaper and magazine reporter and editor, and a writer-producer for multi-screen multimedia productions, also a retired professor of mass communications.

“His latest book, Before the First Snow, is filled with free love, anti-war protest, music, protection of the environment, bureaucracy, greed, and corruption, with a pro-worker focus in a country that was developing “maximizing profits” as a corporate battle cry, Before The First Snow is the story of a flower child and the reporter who covered her life for three decades.”  [SOURCE: walterbrasch.blogspot.com]

Also, a must-read: Fracking Corruption a Part of Pennsylvania’s Heritage Part 3 of 3, aworldofprogress.com

  • Maya van Rossum

Take your children to the river,” advises The Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum. “Let them see how, if they stand on the banks, the water will come to them.” van Rossum’s blog, The Delaware River Voice, is tribute to advocacy on behalf of the Delaware’s gentle beauty and endangered gifts. Take me to the river!

  • Richard Louv

Recommended by van Rossum, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv  is “the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard…. Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.”  [SOURCE: richardlouv.com]

  • Dory Hippauf

Find the prolific anti-gas blogger, and frequent online commenter, Dory Hippauf on Facebook, and you’ll be treated to a rare, wry take on our government’s gas foibles. Hippauf has just completed the fourth installment in her comprehensive, progressive political treatise on shale gas, Connecting the Dots. “You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard!

Part 1: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players

Part 2: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players

Part 3: The Marcellus Natural Gas Players

Part 4: Connecting the Dots

  • Irena Salina

The film, Flow, by Irena Salina, takes a sobering look at global water shortages. “This award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”  [SOURCE: flowthefilm.com]

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One Response to “Watershed Wisdom”

  1. Dory Hippauf Says:

    Pieces of Silver – Act 13
    Connecting the Dots: The Marcellus Natural Gas Play Players – Part 5
    By Dory Hippauf

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