The latest offering from Webster University Press, “Environmental Missouri Issues and Sustainability — What You Need to Know” (Reedy Press and Webster University Press), is now available. The book is described as the first comprehensive guide to local and state environmental issues involving the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit in the Show-Me State.
Author Don Corrigan is a Webster University professor and journalist, whose work as director of the Outdoor/Environmental Journalism Certificate at Webster University has garnered recognition from the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and a distinguished achievement award from the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.
The collection examines such problems as urban sprawl, polluted streams, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, ozone and smog, and noise and light pollution. The book raises questions about wildlife concerns: How are Asian Carp taking over our rivers? Why are the bees disappearing? When will the Ozark Hellbender revive and thrive?
However, Environmental Missouri is not all bad news and pessimistic prose. A final chapter on sustainability looks at how Missourians are going green, whether it’s with cloth diaper parties, raising backyard chickens, farming responsibly, or hosting green burials at trail’s end.