Books about the everglades, the St. Johns River, and other Florida waters. These books are widely available from your local library and bookstores.
Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. Cynthia Barnett. University of Michigan Press, 2007. "Never before has the case been more compellingly made that Americas dependence on a free and abundant water supply has become an illusion. Cynthia Barnett does it by telling us the stories of the amazing personalities behind our water wars, the stunning contradictions that allow the wettest state to have the most watered lawns, and the thorough research that makes her conclusions inescapable. Barnett has established herself as one of Floridas best journalists and Mirage is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the state. Mary Ellen Klas, Capital Bureau Chief, Miami Herald
The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise. Michael Grunwald. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006. Washington Post reporter Grunwald brings the zeal of his professionand the skill that won him a Society of Environmental Journalists Award in 2003to this enthralling story of "the river of grass" that starry-eyed social engineers and greedy developers have diverted, drained and exploited for more than a century.
The Everglades: River of Grass. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 50th anniversary edition, Pineapple Press, 1997. Originally published in 1947, The Everglades was one of those rare books, like Uncle Tom's Cabin and Silent Spring, to have an immediate political effect: it helped draw public attention to a vast and little-known area that South Florida developers had deemed a worthless swamp.
Liquid Land: A Journey Through the Florida Everglades. Ted Levin, The University of Georgia Press, 2004. Levin travels through the Everglades, reacquainting himself with its unique past, evaluating its unsettled present, and assessing its uncertain future.
River of Lakes: A Journey on Floridas St. Johns River. Bill Belleville, The University of Georgia Press, 2001. The river harbors many secrets, and Belleville is only too happy to share them as he makes a case for why the river should be allowed to follow its own path.
St. Johns River Guidebook. Kevin M. McCarthy, Pineapple Press, 2004. This guide describes the history, major towns/cities along the way, wildlife, personages associated with the river.
The Springs of Florida. Doug Stamm, Pineapple Press, 1998. Many rare underwater photographs, many of unique underwater species.