The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time

The Wastewater Gardener Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time A thoroughly entertaining book about one man s quest to find the truth about the last taboo human bodily wastes The author insightfully describes just how we humans got ourselves into our current ecol

  • Title: The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time
  • Author: Mark Nelson
  • ISBN: 9780907791515
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • A thoroughly entertaining book about one man s quest to find the truth about the last taboo human bodily wastes The author insightfully describes just how we humans got ourselves into our current ecological nightmare, wanting our bodily effluents to be out of sight, out of mind and never discussed In the 1960s, like many young men and women, Mark Nelson was seeking meanA thoroughly entertaining book about one man s quest to find the truth about the last taboo human bodily wastes The author insightfully describes just how we humans got ourselves into our current ecological nightmare, wanting our bodily effluents to be out of sight, out of mind and never discussed In the 1960s, like many young men and women, Mark Nelson was seeking meaningful work Leaving his big city ways and Ivy League roots behind, Nelson landed on a communal farm in arid New Mexico where he learned what all farmers used to know That the proper use of sewage is incredibly important to restoring and maintaining arability of soil His journey then took him to managing the sewage system of the most spectacular biological experiment of the 20th century, Biosphere 2 Having fallen in love with wetlands, Nelson returned to university for a PhD and went on to construct wastewater gardens all over the world From the Yucatan to the Bahamas, from the Philippines to France, from Morocco to New Mexico and Australia The book s illustrations include whimsical original drawings by artist Corinna MacNeice, plus schematic diagrams that make it easy to follow how various waste treatment systems work There are a number of color plates that show the beauty that it is possible to achieve by installing and maintaining wastewater gardens A bibliography that will satisfy gardeners, ecologists and scholars is included Nelson s book is a plea for mindful use of our natural water resources to ensure the long term health of the planet and all its life forms.

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    1. This isn't the actual title of the book--it's the Wastewater Gardener. I reviewed this for Library Journal and really enjoyed it, but you may need to have my unique set of interests to feel the same way. I found it very inspiring to figure out that there are ways we really can live in harmony with the global water cycle and not waste all our potable water.

    2. THE WASTEWATER GARDENER by Mark NelsonI received a signed, paperback copy of this book for free through the Giveaway program at /giveawayIn exchange for the book I am posting my honest review.This book will open your eyes to the usefulness of human waste. It may not be a popular topic, but, as the author points out throughout the book, it is an important one.I expected this to be a "dry" read and I figured that it would take me a long time to finish reading this book. This, happily, was not the [...]

    3. The Wastewater Gardener is Mark Nelson's journey into the world of sewage treatment or shit management, whichever floats your boat. As part of the Biosphere 2 team, he helped to develop a water treatment and recycling system using plants that are normally part of a wetland. Wetlands are already efficient treatment systems that are capable of filtering out everything up to heavy metals. Some plants from the wastewater garden can even be harvested for food. Using and building upon this idea, Mark [...]

    4. This is by far not a book that I would normally read, and for that reason alone, I'm glad that I did. Honestly, I had no idea just how much sewage is an issue, especially in other parts of the world. Obviously, I had some awareness that it was worse in some places more than others, but definitely had no idea how much money is spent on these inefficient systems. I had no idea such a thing as a "Wastewater Garden" existed or that wetlands were the "kidneys of the earth." I guess I didn't pay atten [...]

    5. Not my typical read but very insightful! For those who complain about having "shitty" jobs - this will put your rants in perspective! Mark Nelson has quite literally devoted his life work to shit and human waste and at all corners of this earth! This book will have you wondering "where does my shit end up?", and why don't we all have wastewater gardens in our backyards? We know farmers use animal manure to fertilize crops - why is human manure so taboo? OK, even I still find a certain stigma att [...]

    6. 3.5 stars.The Wastewater Gardener is an interesting read. The author gives a historical review of "waste" management through the last couple centuries, how the bigger cities developed sewage systems and helped control waterborne illness to indoor plumbing. Through the invention of indoor plumbing, and other uses of our now fresh water system, he has shown the importance of water conservation and how to recycle both black water and gray water to an advantage. The one downside to this book is ther [...]

    7. Always hated long reviews soI won "The Wastewater Gardener" in a giveaway a while back. Mark Nelson is really some kind of wastewater genius! The book flows very well, but reads like an autobiography. It will make you realize how big a problem wastewater really is. P.S: I would really enjoy it if Mark wrote a step-by-step guide for building functional Wastewater gardens on your own. Maybe even a small wastewater garden for my dog's "manure"? Thanks for sending me the book!

    8. I received this book via a GoodReads giveaway. I figured it would be an experiment of sorts - quite a departure from the genres I normally read. It definitely gives a well detailed insight into the possibilities of what could be done with waste-water systems, and to the fascinating work that Mark Nelson has along his journey to ecological discovery.

    9. I won this book through a giveaway. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book as it isn't my normal read. With that being said I thought it was quite interesting and you will learn a great deal. It is definitely worth a read. I give it a 3.5 stars

    10. I won this book through a giveaway. I wasn't sure exactly what it was going to be like, but I quite enjoyed it. Mark Nelson recounts his life's work researching and creating sustainable waste-water systems. His writing is easy-going and, at times, humorous.

    11. This book provided great insight into the reuse of waste. Amazing what can be accomplished. Mark Nelson is doing great work and making a huge impact on the world.

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