"This book is equally at home in the class as it is in the field, expertly bridging theory and practice throughout. Let the Water Do the Work provides practical, no-nonsense approaches to understanding the principles of hydrology, diagnosing and understanding surface-hydrology challenges, and then detailing specific strategies and techniques to restore degraded systems. The book makes a difficult topic accessible to a broad range of readers. Although the title says it is an 'evolving method,' this is clearly the work of a master who has distilled a lifetime of experience into 239 crisp pages. It is a unique contribution that provides students of ecology and resource management with a powerful set of tools to manage what is quickly becoming our most valuable natural resource."
—Craig Conley, PhD, natural resource management, New Mexico Highlands University
"Bill Zeedyk and Van Clothier have created a very usable text for those interested in stream restoration in an arid environment. These principles also apply to many other streams, as well. They have found a way to work within the physical laws of nature to help in the recovery of degraded streams and gullies that are still prevalent in many areas of the world today."
—Joe Trlica, Colorado State University, in Rangelands magazine
"The authors of this book, Bill Zeedyk and Van Clothier, bring years of experience in [the] art of riparian restoration. They have worked on projects and taught many workshops and prepared training materials for professionals, laypersons, and volunteers. Moreover, these techniques have now been adopted by federal, state, and tribal agencies, as well as landowners and conservation organizations.
"How is this information helpful to Holistic Management practitioners? It's a valuable tool to consider for your toolbox if you own land on which water runs (which includes everyone from Sidney to Seattle).
"Anyone interested in natural-resource management will find this book helpful and thought provoking."
—Ann Adams, In Practice, a publication of Holistic Management International
"A humble yet powerful method for working effectively with water systems is explained in an easy-to-use manual format. The [authors'] aim is to empower people, groups, and organizations to begin to address significant water challenges, and to create the healthy and vibrant water communities and landscapes that everybody desires.
"Importantly, the method and strategies are explained in a way that they can begin to be used immediately with positive results by anyone who cares about water in their landscape. At the same time, for teams or individuals who have such skill sets and are eager to put them to work, all of the scientific detail and precision math of stream-dynamics engineering are also given for practical use. . . . Truly one-stop shopping to tackle a hands-on stream-restorative project at almost any scale.
"If you are a land owner, student of ecology, restoration, or water, rancher, natural resource agency, watershed health group, fisherman or water recreationist, ecological consultant, university, wildlife promoter, or just an active lover of life and want to know more about how you can help enlarge life's most critical resource in a simple and hands-on way, this book needs to be in your library. Better yet, take it out in the field with others and let the meanders flow! Working together with our water to create more system health gives our land, our farms, and our communities the gift of more stability and resilience and a surer future."
—Owen Hablutzel, Permaculture whole systems design and holistic-management certified educator