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August 2019 Vol. 56 No. 12

University Press of Florida

The following review appeared in the August 2019 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Science & Technology

Dunn, John M. Drying up: the fresh water crisis in Florida. University Press of Florida, 2019. 297p bibl index ISBN 9780813056203, $24.95; ISBN 9780813063850 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Drying Up provides an analysis of a state that is almost surrounded by water, and yet in the midst of a freshwater crisis. Florida's potable water supply is becoming contaminated not only due to infrastructure problems but as a result of climate change, as rising sea levels drive saltwater intrusion. Dunn, a journalist, engages the reader through stories and interviews interwoven with detailed factual information. The topic of water is approached from an interdisciplinary perspective that acknowledges cultural aspects of water quality as well as the relevant science. Dunn's perspective on the fresh water issues facing Florida offers context and insights on the crisis as well as possible solutions, including many at an individual level. Drying Up is an accessible text that will appeal to lay readers and students. To sustain the interested reader’s further inquiry into the topic, Dunn provides extensive documentation, including notes and references.

--C. Leachman, Washington State University

Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates and general readers.