"W. T. Edmondson has spent his career answering questions about the ecological impacts of human experiments on lakes in Washington State. In this volume, he recounts these studies and captures from his experiences a larger view of the nature of our environmental problems. . . . While the commentary is wide ranging, the foundation is a personal account of one ecologist's lifetime experience on the dual points of research and public application of that research."
"W. T. Edmondson, a zoologist, extracts enduring lessons from his more than 50 years of experience in persuading political powers to make use of scientific knowledge when they set about drawing up laws for managing human interventions in the environment. Any scientist who follows in Edmondson's footsteps should benefit from reading this sensitive recounting of political battles."
-Garrett Hardin, Pacific Northwest Quarterly
"A wise, comprehensive, sensible, balanced, and extremely well-written account about a number of environmental problems."
"The insights in this book into environmental processes, problems, and prospects provide sound advice to scientists, concerned citizens, and public officials alike."