This is an EXCELELLENT BOOK - FULL OF HOPE AND PROVEN-SUSTAINABLE APPROACHES TO GROWING FOOD, GREEN HOUSE DESIGN AND HANDLING WASTE WATER.
I am 1/4 into this book and already a huge ah ha!
It makes sense to me now - I had always though the alge blooms in near dead swamps ponds and estuaries in many parts of our blessed country were do to agriculture run off. In fact, the author Anna Edey contends it is due to leaching of nitrogen into the soil and then into water systems from septic systems, public and private.
Anna writes: "Harm to the Environment - On-site septic systems built in accordance with government regulations are incapable of reducing nitrogen to any significant degree, and therefore release high levels of nitrogen into the groundwater. All this nitrogen ends up in our estuaries, ponds and harbors, whether they are 50 feet or 10 miles away from the septic systems. This nitrogen causes vast algae infestations that choke aquatic plants, fish and shellfish, and cause foul odors and slimy beaches."
She offers a provocative alternative system that she put in place on her land in Marthas Vinyard. She also has been seriously challenged and blocked by the regulations and codes that are in place.
How to Grow $500,000 on One Acre, and Peace on Earth
Learning the Art of Living, with Solar-Dynamic Bio-Benign Design
Revealing the Truth about How We Can Provide Electricity, Heating, Cooling, ransportation, Food, Solid Waste and Wastewater Management in Ways that Reduce Pollution and epletion by 80% or more, and also Reduce Cost of Living and Improve Quality of Life.
by Anna Edey
Trailblazer Press 1998, ISBN 0-9662349-0-1. 224 pages, 155 color photographs + other illustrations. Price:$35. See web site for quantity discounts.