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Wastewater Gardener HB: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time Hardcover – 30 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Synergetic Press (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907791522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907791522
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,465,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nelson was one of the eight-person crew in the 2 year closure experiment in Biosphere 2, 1991-93. He is Chairman of the Institute of Ecotechnics, and one of its founding directors and Associate Editor of Advances in Space Research journal. Head of Wastewater Gardens International and a vice-chair of the closed ecological system section of COSPAR (the Intl. Committee of Space), he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Campbell-Jones on 28 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Mark Nelson's book is a surprise and a delight. Yes, and its all about s***. It is a fascinating life story of an urban boy who didn't want to be a doctor. As a student he found himself in Arizona shovelling s***. This experience led him on a life-long quest to understand our planet, its people and its system - the biosphere. He eschewed reductionist and embraced a holistic approach which turned him part agriculturist, part botanist, part engineer. His journey includes spending 2 years in an enclosed ecological system Biosphere 2 and taking a late Ph.D which took experts from several academic disciplines for approval. This journey is told in a readable and even light-hearted way which engages and entertains. The last section of the book shows his achievements, the building of waste-water gardens around the world in every continent, in the relative safety of Australia and the wilds of Iraq. this is an optimistic story yet Mark offers a caution. Get the technology right and be sure to maintain it. Read this book. It will challenge preconceptions and reveal that almost everything is possible if you think hard enough.
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My husband loves this book. He has loads of plans for our back boggy garden and what to do with the waste water from the sinks and bath.Hope he knows he's doing the work! Excellent read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Funny & revealing tale with practical solutions about a topic we tend to ignore 8 July 2014
By Mitchell Mignano - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had no idea there were already such good solutions to waste problems and water treatment. At first, I was hesitant to invest my reading time in such a 'crappy' topic, but only a few pages in and I was sold with the author's humor and with the sense of discovery about a topic that's simply not discussed. Learning about the Biosphere II project was probably my favorite part, and I recommend this for anyone interested in ecological topics. But you're looking for something political or a moral plea, this is probably not for you. Nelson tells a personal and practical story that might inspire small projects or an understanding of big solutions- it's not a technical manual or a political agenda. It's actually light reading with a real narrative and some good pictures. Having read this, I feel a little shocked at how wasteful our sewage practices are. Maybe this will catch on and we can learn to think the way Nelson thinks and apply it to other parts of life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Practical, fascinating and inspiring! 24 July 2014
By Windy Dankoff - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Wastewater Gardener is a practical overview of productive and aesthetic water recycling, based on real projects in diverse situations worldwide. This book could only result such a from decades of passionate hands-on experience. Nelson is a rare combination of scientist, engineer, artist, entrepreneur AND author. He tells joyful and funny (and tragic) stories to compliment the scientific, technical, economic, and social aspects. I found it all enjoyable as well as enlightening.

Windy Dankoff
Founder, Dankoff Solar Pumps, solar-powered water supply consultant
Santa Fe, NM
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A thoughtful and entertaining book-- full of wisdom, humor ... 25 Aug. 2014
By Valentine - Published on
Format: Paperback
A thoughtful and entertaining book-- full of wisdom, humor, and practical information. I participated in a similar project in Mendocino some years ago with neighbors whose portable outhouse was variously situated over the exact spots where they intended to plant apple trees. I fully endorse Mark Nelson's down-to-earth solution to planetary sustainability.
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Holy Crap! 28 July 2014
By Richard Druitt - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book on a topic that involves everybody and threatens to engulf us: how to handle the truly astonishing quantities of waste that comes out of our digestive processes. Rather than call it waste, Mark Nelson considers it riches that can be used to cultivate the world.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience from desert composting toilets to large scale bio-engineering projects such as tropical rainforest communities and The Biosphere 2 experiment, Mark manages to present a vivid and compelling argument that better management of effluent is vital if we are to build a better world and survive into the future.
This is an intelligent and well written book full of common sense and good humour. It is a timely publication.
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funny yet profoundly apposite 27 July 2014
By Laurie Ziegler - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is not only humourous and educational, but also very important in terms of the new paradigm of very, and I mean "very", basic, human interaction with Planet Earth. Mark Nelson alerts us to things we sort of mostly suspected but he explains the problems and then offers sustainable solutions, in his uniquely erudite, funny yet profoundly apposite, way. And that is his major contribution. "The Wastewater Gardener", is the future, of real recycling, real water and energy conservation, and so on. It's a marvelous bridge between the straightforward and the academic and so is reliable and accessible to both.
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