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Weekend Reads: Much Ado About Ducks, Enviro Spy Games, Saving the World—from Space
Five #greenreads to peruse while humming along to Weird Al's "Word Crimes."

Duck Dynasty
What if I told you about a government program that raked in $25 million last year despite having just three employees? And this very same program has conserved more than 6 million acres of wetlands since 1949, and wait for it … it's based exclusively around artistic renderings of ducks. Don’t call me crazy—it’s Bryan Kevin’s story—and it’s probably one of the weirdest, and coolest, conservation tales you’ll read all summer. Audubon Magazine

Who Stole the Water?
People have been fighting over water in Texas since at least the 1860s when U.S. troops kicked Native Americans off Comanche Springs, the tribe's “eons-old oasis.” These days, those battles take place in private meetings and courtrooms, where big business and ruthless politicians have a considerable advantage over everyday Texans and wildlife concerns. Paul Solotaroff explains how unchecked expansion and irresponsible land-use has made a mess of Texas' water supply—and it's a state that really can’t afford to waste a drop. Men’s Journal

Milwaukee Sees The Light
Laverne & Shirley, Pabst Blue Ribbon … Milwaukee is known for a lot of things, but few outside Brew City may realize just how biophilic it is. That’s right, Milwaukee is nurturing a loving relationship with nature. Richard Manning takes us to the Rust Belt, where citizens and the environment are getting together, in one building at a time. OnEarth

Spies Like Us
John Amos wasn’t always an environmentalist. He used to work for Big Oil, scanning satellite images in search of fossil fuel deposits. But thankfully, Amos came to the green side. In fact, you may already be familiar with his work—he was one of the guys who called BS on BP’s initial estimate that its Deepwater Horizon oil rig was only leaking 1,000 barrels a day into the Gulf back in 2010. W. Wayt Gibbs introduces us to Amos and others like him who use satellite data from NASA, NOAA, the USDA, and the European Space Agency to give enviros a technological edge.

Tired of reading yet? Watch this.

DamNation: The United States has a lot of dams—75,000! Some provide flood protection and some give us cheap electricity, but all of the dams leave their mark on our land and its wild inhabitants. Check out this trailer for the new hard-hitting documentary by Patagonia. Outside

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