Figure1 a sandpiper feeds in the verde river in arizona where automated head gates allow farmers to remove water for irrigation photo kevin schafer alamy stock photo after centuries of attempts to bend the water cycle to our will many regions around the world remain vulnerable to flooding drought and other water related perils. She is author of replenish the virtuous cycle of water and prosperity island press 2017 pillar of sand can the irrigation miracle last and last oasis facing water scarcity chosen by choice magazine as a 1993 outstanding academic book last oasis appears in eight languages and was the basis for a 1997 pbs documentary. We have disrupted the natural water cycle for centuries in an effort to control water for our own prosperity yet every year recovery from droughts and floods costs billions of dollars and we spend billions more on dams diversions levees and other feats of engineeringthese massive projects not only are risky financially and environmentally they often threaten social and political stability. Postel is the director of the global water policy project and co creator of change the course a national water stewardship initiative awarded the 2017 us water prize for restoring billions of
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