Water crisis highlighted in Mauro’s ‘Flooded’

Category:  The Arts
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:06 AM

“We can all make a difference through our individual choices.”

That’s one of the big messages behind “Flooded: Drugs, Bugs, and our New Water Crisis,” a book by Dr. Steven Mauro. Mauro is a biology teacher at Gannon University, along with serving as the vice president for academic administration.

In his role as a water biologist, Mauro has firsthand accounts of water quality across the globe. And in his book, he outlines, “The problems that are plaguing life’s most essential resource,” complete with a comic wit and a substantial amount of research on all the latest findings.
The description for the book questions, “What’s in your water? Prescription drugs, antibiotic microbial ‘bugs,’ personal care products, microplastics, and chemicals of concern.”

According to the “Flooded” author, “Our drinking, recreational, and sewage water sources are flooded with emerging pollutants and contaminants that pose imminent human health and environmental risks.”

He noticed that the general public was “not aware of some of these contaminants, like plastics, and prescription pills, and pathogenic bacteria, and viruses.”

“I thought it important to tell this story in a way that is understandable to everyone,” Mauro said. He wanted to write it in a way that any reader could pick it up, all the while maintaining the book’s scientific background.

In a Youtube video from Gannon University’s gannontube, in promotion of the book, he explained the local connection. “I will tell you the book really uses Erie as some of the hallmark features for how some of these water pollutants are getting into the lake waters and are polluting lakes, leading to some health problems.”

Mauro aims to provide solutions to save “our most precious resource” through describing new frontiers in science and technology that has the potential to rehabilitate our natural environment.

Mauro took about two years to write, edit and eventually publish the book, getting helpful feedback and a graphic artist to design an aesthetically pleasing cover. Mauro even formed his own company to release it because he was not working through a traditional publisher.

When asked what advice he’d give to those taking on a book, he said: “Take it a little bit at a time. It is an overwhelming process if you think about the whole process. But if you focus on writing one chapter, and then another, it becomes a more manageable process.”

If you’re interested in molecular and water biology, or just want to know what’s in your water, Mauro’s book is available on Amazon in a Kindle version for $5.99 and in paperback for $9.99.

He received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 and furthered his education with a doctorate in 2003 from the University at Buffalo.
He went on to participate in the Ruth Kirchstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University between 2003-2005 where he learned DNA techniques in the study of disease.

Per his book description, Mauro has been featured in National Geographic News, Homeland Security Newswire and the National Science Foundation. He has brought in over $2 million in funding; a good portion has come through water testing services from large government agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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