From KQED – The “water detectives” that author Erica Gies followed are all asking the same question — she calls it “revolutionary.” The question is: What does water want? “Water wants more access to its slow phases,” Gies said. Her forthcoming book, “Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge,” details these detectives — water researchers who are part of what Gies calls the “slow water movement.” ‘Putting the water in these paleo valleys could help to restore the health of the groundwater system. More water in rivers for fish, more water available to hydrate plants, reducing the severity of wildfires.’Author Erica Gies. That idea goes something like this: Modern societies control water, often speeding it off the land, reducing the time it spends in wetlands, floodplains and other slow-phase ecosystems. “That creates all kinds of problems,” Gies told KQED’s Brian Watt. “We build cities on those wetlands and then they flood because the water still wants to go there.” (more)