A journey through time and around the world to uncover what water wants and learn how collaborating with it makes us resilient in a changing climate.
Trouble with water – increasingly frequent, extreme floods and droughts — is one of the first obvious signs of climate change. Meanwhile, urban sprawl, industrial agriculture and engineered water infrastructure are making things worse. As our control attempts fail, we are forced to recognize an eternal truth: sooner or later, water always wins.
Award-winning science journalist Erica Gies follows water 'detectives' as they search for clues to water's past and present. Their tools: cutting-edge science and research into historical ecology, hydrology, animal life, and earlier human practices. Their discoveries: modern civilizations tend to speed water away, erasing its slow phases on the land. But that's when the magic happens to absorb floods, store water for droughts, and feed natural systems.
Water wants to reclaim that slow ebb and flow. Innovators in what Gies is calling the 'Slow Water' movement are accommodating that desire, showing us how to forge a more resilient future.