Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways

Author: Natalie H. Wiest

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603447644

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

View: 1964

Within about seventy-five miles of downtown Houston, some 1,500 miles of rivers, creeks, lakes, bayous, and bays await discovery. Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways, by longtime paddler Natalie Wiest, is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to experience Houston’s well-watered landscape from the seat of a kayak or canoe. Before introducing readers to the quiet, green world that lies within and around the heart of the city, Wiest gives some pointers on water safety (including swimming and boating); on weather, flood stages, and legal access; and on an often unseen but always present paddling companion—alligators. She also provides a gear checklist for a day trip, a brief guide to boats and paddles, and a “sampler” list of easy places to paddle for true beginners. Presented in nine chapters, each organized around a river system or coastal basin and comprising a “suite” of paddling trips, the excursions described by Wiest offer a general description of the destination, directions (both driving and paddling), and details about the paddling conditions and access sites, which are all publicly owned or managed. Each chapter lists mileages, USGS gauging station numbers, and GIS locations when applicable. Also including ninety color photos and more than thirty detailed maps, Canoeing and Kayaking Houston Waterways offers both novice and experienced paddlers a helpful and enjoyable reference for experiencing nature at water level, in and around Houston. To learn more about The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, sponsors of this book's series, please click here.

River of Redemption

Almanac of Life on the Anacostia

Author: Krista Schlyer

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623496926

Category: Nature

Page: 332

View: 3314

Incorporating seven years of photography and research, Krista Schlyer portrays life along the Anacostia River, a Washington, DC, waterway rich in history and biodiversity that has nonetheless lingered for years in obscurity and neglect in our nation’s capital. River of Redemption offers an experience of the river that reveals its eons of natural history, centuries of destruction, and decades of restoration efforts. The story of the Anacostia echoes the story of rivers across America. Inspired by Aldo Leopold’s classic book, A Sand County Almanac, Krista Schlyer evokes a consciousness of time and place, taking readers through the seasons in the watershed as well as through the river’s complex history and ecology. As with rivers nationwide, the ways we’ve changed the Anacostia affect the people and wildlife that inhabit its shores, from the headwaters in Maryland, past its confluence with the Potomac River, and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay. Centuries of abuse at the hands of people who have altered the landscape and mistreated the waterway have transformed it into a polluted, toxic soup unfit for swimming or fishing. The forgotten river is both a reminder of the worst humanity can do to the natural landscape and a wellspring of memory that offers a roadmap back to health and well-being for watershed residents, human and non-human alike. Blending stunning photography with informative and poignant text, River of Redemption offers the opportunity to reinvent our role in urban ecology and to redeem our relationship with this national river and watersheds nationwide.

Sharing the Common Pool

Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans

Author: Charles R. Porter

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623491371

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 9486

If all the people, municipalities, agencies, businesses, power plants, and other entities that think they have a right to the water in Texas actually tried to exercise those rights, there would not be enough water to satisfy all claims, no matter how legitimate. In Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans, water rights expert Charles Porter explains in the simplest possible terms who has rights to the water in Texas, who determines who has those rights, and who benefits or suffers because of it. The origins of Texas water law, which contains elements of the state’s Spanish, English, and Republic heritages, contributed to the development of a system that defines water by where it sits, flows, or falls and assigns its ownership accordingly. Over time, this seemingly logical, even workable, set of expectations has evolved into a tortuous collection of laws, permits, and governing authorities under the onslaught of population growth and competing interests—agriculture, industry, cities—all with insatiable thirsts. In sections that cover ownership, use, regulation, real estate, and policy, Porter lays out in as straightforward a fashion as possible just how we manage (and mismanage) water in this state, what legal cases have guided the debate, and where the future might take us as old rivalries, new demands, and innovative technologies—such as hydraulic fracturing of oil shale formations (“fracking”)—help redefine water policy. To learn more about The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, sponsors of this book's series, please click here.

Canoe & Kayak

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Canoes and canoeing

Page: N.A

View: 6222

Die Perle

Roman

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423106900

Category: German fiction

Page: 93

View: 7541

Diese in den 40er Jahren auch verfilmte Story gehört zum Besten, was John Steinbeck je geschrieben hat. Die Geschichte eines armen Fischers und einer ungewöhnlich großen und schönen Perle ein alter mexikanischer Sagenstoff, von John Steinbeck eindringlich und spannend in die Gegenwart übertragen. Nahe der mexikanischen Stadt La Paz, am Golf von Kalifornien, führen die Menschen ein armseliges, aber glückliches Leben. Sie glauben den Worten der Priester, die seit vierhundert Jahren predigen, ”daß jeder Mensch wie ein Soldat ist, den Gott sandte, um einen Teil des Schlosses, das unsere Erde im Weltenraum darstellt, zu bewachen. Manche stehen auf den Zinnen, manche aber tief unten in der Dunkelheit der Gewölbe. Jeder muß jedoch gläubig auf seinem Posten bleiben ...“ Es ist klar, wo der arme Fischer Keno und seine Frau Juana stehen. Doch als es um das Leben seines kleinen Sohnes Coyotito geht, beschließt Keno, sich gegen uralte Gesetze aufzulehnen und für sein Lebensglück zu kämpfen. Seine Waffe ist eine ungewöhnlich große und schöne Perle ...

Bug Out

The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late

Author: Scott B. Williams

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 156975831X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 9019

WARNING SIRENS ARE BLARING. YOU HAVE 15 MINUTES TO EVACUATE. WHAT WILL YOU DO? Cataclysmic events strike sleepy towns and major cities every year. Residents face escaping quickly or perishing in rising waters, raging fires or other life-threatening conditions. By the time the evacuation starts, it's already too late. Being prepared makes the difference between survival and disaster. Guiding you step by step, Bug Out shows you how to be ready at a second's notice. * Create an escape plan for where to go and how to get there. * Pack the perfect bug-out bag for the first 72 hours. * Find food, water and other necessities outside of civilization. Floods. Hurricanes. Pandemics. Earthquakes. Blizzards. Tsunamis. Wildfires. Riots. Bug Out includes detailed information on the best escape locations everywhere in the U.S.: * The Pacific Coast * The Rocky Mountains * The Desert Southwest * The Heartland * The Lakes and Big Woods of the North * The Gulf Coast * The Appalachians * The Atlantic Coast

Wilderness Waterways

A Guide to Information Sources

Author: Ronald M. Ziegler

Publisher: Detroit : Gale Research Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 317

View: 8734

Das Dickicht

Roman

Author: Joe R. Lansdale

Publisher: Tropen

ISBN: 3608107274

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9088

Jack Parker dachte, er hätte schon einiges durchgemacht. Seine Eltern sind soeben an den Pocken gestorben. Doch auf dem Weg zur Farm seiner Tante ermorden Banditen auch noch seinen Großvater und entführen seine Schwester. Zeit für Jack, die Verfolgung mit Hilfe zweier Kopfgeldjäger selbst in die Hand zu nehmen. Allein in einer gewalttätigen Welt, muss Jack schnell erwachsen werden, wenn er seine Schwester retten will. Und er braucht dringend Hilfe, die beste, die er kriegen kann. Aber die einzigen Kopfgeldjäger, die zur Verfügung stehen, sind Shorty, der Zwerg, und Eustace, der Sohn eines ehemaligen Sklaven. Zusammen mit Jimmie Sue, einer genauso klugen wie käuflichen Dame, nehmen sie die Verfolgung in eine berüchtigte Gegend auf: das Dickicht. Dort sprudelt aus den ersten windschiefen Bohrtürmen illegal das flüssige Gold, doch Jack ist fest davon überzeugt: Blut ist dicker als Öl.

Back to nature in canoes

a guide to American waters

Author: Rainer Esslen

Publisher: Vanguard Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 3821

The author shares the joys of canoeing and helps amateurs find the best safe canoeing waters wherever they may live or travel in the United States

In die Wildnis

Allein nach Alaska

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492957773

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1231

Im August 1992 wurde die Leiche von Chris McCandless im Eis von Alaska gefunden. Wer war dieser junge Mann, und was hatte ihn in die gottverlassene Wildnis getrieben? Jon Krakauer hat sein Leben erforscht, seine Reise in den Tod rekonstruiert und ein traurig-schönes Buch geschrieben über die Sehnsucht, die diesen Mann veranlasste, sämtliche Besitztümer und Errungenschaften der Zivilisation hinter sich zu lassen, um tief in die wilde und einsame Schönheit der Natur einzutauchen.– Verfilmt von Sean Penn mit Emile Hirsch.

Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan

Author: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Dept. Comprehensive Planning Branch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Outdoor recreation

Page: N.A

View: 4634

New York

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New York (N.Y.)

Page: N.A

View: 3619