William E. Marks has been working with water for most of his life. To experience firsthand the status of America’s waters. he made a meandering 7,000-mile horseback journey from San Diego to Maine. He also studied industrial pollution and historical water management practices in Europe, North Africa, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, and Australia. He was an environmental water analyst briefly for the City of Newark, New Jersey, and for 15 years he operated a water-testing and research laboratory and an environmental consulting firm on Martha’s Vineyard. He is also the founding publisher and editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.