The Culture of Flushing is essential reading for specialists in environmental history, environmental law, public health, engineering, and public policy. Those concerned with protecting water quality and the environment will also find this book unique, comprehensive, and accessible.
Jamie Benidickson teaches at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He is the author of Idleness, Water, and a Canoe: Reflections on Paddling for Pleasure and other publications on the environment, water law, and social history.
Foreword: Risk and Responsibility in a Waste-Full World / Graeme Wynn Acknowledgments Introduction 1 The Advantage of a Flow of Water 2 Navigating Aquatic Priorities 3 A Source of Civic Pride 4 The Water Closet Revolution 5 Municipal Evacuation 6 Learning to Live Downstream 7 The Bacterial Assault on Local Government 8 The Dilutionary Impulse at Chicago 9 Separating Water from the Waterways 10 Streams Are Nature's Sewers 11 Riparian Resurrection 12 Governing Water Conclusion Notes Suggested Reading Index