The American South has long been considered a region with ample water, indeed often too much water. Noted for its extensive wetlands, such as the Atchafalaya, its dense network of streams and extensive coasts that are subject to flooding, and also diseases linked to mosquitos the rely on watery environments, the region seldom dealt with water shortages. In recent years however, demands for water has exceeded available supplies. From competing uses for stream flow among navigation interests and hydropower operations, to burgeoning cities that rely on modest water supplies, to complex demands placed on the Everglades to support multiple users, the South is running up against the limits to abundance. This volume tells the story of emerging conflicts over limited water.
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