Insights from an expert on the use of ecology; book review of The Uses of Ecology: Lake Washington and Beyond by W.T. Edmondson
The last few years have been marked by an increasing concern for environmental issues. This interest is fueled, listening to optimistic voices, by a growing awareness of environmental issues or, hearing cynics, by an increasing number of environmental problems. At the same time, current approaches to resolving existing environmental problems have produced a spotty track record (e.g., the decidedly mixed reviews on the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program). Moreover, we face increasingly complex issues such as global climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable biosphere concepts. At such a time, it is both valuable and encouraging to look back on two of the most conspicuous success stories of ecological remediation, the restoration of Lake Washington and the Phosphorus-Detergent Controversy.