The Canadian prairies are often envisioned as dry, windswept fields; however, much of southern Manitoba is not arid plain but wet prairie, poorly drained land subject to frequent flooding. Shannon Stunden Bower brings to light the complexities of surface-water management in Manitoba, from early artificial drainage efforts to late-twentieth-century attempts at watershed management. She engages scholarship on the state, liberalism, and bioregionalism in order to probe the connections between human and environmental change in the wet prairie. This account of an overlooked aspect of the region's environmental history reveals how the biophysical nature of southern Manitoba has been an important factor in the formation of Manitoba society and the provincial state.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Brings to light the often overlooked problems and complexities of dealing with surface water in Manitoba, from early efforts to drain the landscape to late-twentieth-century attempts to establish watershed management. * Prairie Books Now, No. 59, Summer 2012 *
Wet Prairie is excellent environmental history that evaluates the human/nature relationship. -- Sterling Evans, Department of History, University of Oklahoma * Great Plains Research Vol. 22 No.2, Fall 2012 *
A welcome addition to the growing global literature on wetland historical geography and environmental history. Carefully researched, well argued, and clearly written, Stunden Bower's first book is a valuable read for scholars in these fields. -- Adam Mandelman * H-Net online, H-HistGeog *