Archive for May, 2010

commencement, part II: A shout-out to John Graves

May 29, 2010

I began this summer with a book I received for Christmas. It’s called Goodbye to a River, written by John Graves and published in 1960. 1960. It may be the most contemporary account of aquatic resources I’ve ever read.

Read what Graves said about the Brazos River 50 years ago. As you read, keep in mind what my friend Kurt says about environmental issues. He says environmental issues are basically the same, but the scale and intensity differ from place to place.

From Goodbye to a River:

“And furthermore that while all the rivers may continue to flow to the sea, those who represent us in such matters will at least slow down the process by transforming them from rivers into bead strings of placid reservoirs behind concrete dams…

Bitterness? No ma’am…In a region like (insert your region here), scorched to begin with, alternating between floods and droughts, its absorbent cities quadrupling their census every few years, electrical power and flood control and moisture conservation and water skiing are praiseworthy projects. More than that, they are essential . We river-minded ones can’t say much against them — nor, probably should we want to. Nor, mostly, do we…”

1960.

Can we say much? Do we? Do I? I am trying to find my voice. Check out the following link on Alabama Aquatic Resources I spear-headed this endeavor. I’m interested to see how it will play out.

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Hey CES Juniors and Seniors!

May 6, 2010

Your final projects/final exams are posted on the pages to the left. Look for the Title CES: Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Look for your grade level and click on theĀ  link.

I have listed and linked about 20 different websites. Feel free to email me your suggestions. I will edit the pages with new links every 48 hours. I encourage you to take the time to look at several differnet vantage points. You are all quite smart. You know that the Nature Conservancy and the American Petroleum Institute will have different angles on this oil spill. I can’t wait to see how you interpret their ideas, and I’m equally interested in hearing your ideas.