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Looking for Solutions to Drought and Deluge by Asking 'What Does Water Want?'

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Erica Gies's new book is "Water Always Wins." (Photo courtesy of Erica Gies.)

Water has agency. It wants to go where it wants to go. Humans, particularly in recent centuries, have fought against the desires of water with almost unimaginable amounts of concrete, pumps the size of houses, and enormous canals.  We’ve usually been able to make the water go where we want it to, and keep it from where we don’t. But, journalist Erica Gies argues in her new book, “Water Always Wins,” that our water system here in the state and around the world is not going to hold for much longer. What comes after, she says, will require us to live and work with water’s desires, not against them.


Erica Gies, independent journalist; National Geographic Explorer; author of "Water Always Wins"


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