Oneota Flow : The Upper Iowa River and Its People
'The river, like a keen memory, carries a record of the past.' David Faldet has spent forty years in the basin of the Upper Iowa River, which winds from the flat farm fields of southern Minnesota through the wooded valleys of northeast Iowa to the Mississippi. In this peaceful and inspiring book, Faldet tells the story of the Upper Iowa as it flows through land and people, holding true to Aldo Leopold's conception of land as a community in which water, people, and soil play interactive parts. Whether profiling the chief of the last hunter-gatherers on the river, an early settler witnessing her first prairie fire and a modern wildlife biologist using fire to manage prairies, the manager of the Granger Farmer's Co-op Creamery, or a landowner whose bottomlands are continually eaten away by floods, Faldet steadily develops the central idea that people are walking tributaries of the river basin in which they make their homes. Faldet moves through the history of life along the now-polluted Upper Iowa, always focusing on the ways people depend on the river, the environment, and the resources of the region. He blends contemporary conversations, readings from the historical record, environmental research, and personal experience to show us that the health of the river is best guaranteed by maintaining the biological communities that nurture it. In return, taking care of the Upper Iowa is the best way to take care of our future.
- Paperback | 248 pages
- 144.78 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
- 01 Apr 2009
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa, United States
- 1 map
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"Oneota Flow is a refreshingly candid view of an exceptional natural resource. Faldet's ability to combine active storytelling with historical and scientific perspectives makes for enjoyable and informative reading. I would recommend this to residents of the Upper Iowa area and of Iowa and to anyone who wants a poetic account of one midwestern river that represents much of what has happened to these resources in our modern society." - RICHARD LEOPOLD, director, Iowa Department of Natural Resources"
About David S. Faldet
David Faldet is Jones Professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.