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A Lakeside Companion
Ted J. Rulseh

“Delivers the magic of lake living while conveying water science topics in a clear and engaging way. Whether you are on the lakeshore or far away, it will bring you back to the waters you love. A great read.”
—Michael Engleson, executive director, Wisconsin Lakes

Why do fish jump? Why don't lakes freeze all the way down to the bottom? Which lake plants are invasive? What are those water bugs? Is that lake healthy? Whether you fish, paddle, swim, snowshoe, ski, or just gaze upon your favorite lake, A Lakeside Companion will deepen your appreciation for the forces that shape lakes and the teeming life in and around them.

You'll discover the interconnected worlds of a lake: the water; the sand, gravel, rocks, and muck of the bottom; the surface of the lake; the air above; and the shoreline, a belt of land incredibly rich in flora and fauna. Explained, too, are the physical, biological, and chemical processes that determine how many and what kinds of fish live in the lake, which plants grow there, the color and clarity of the water, how ice forms in winter and melts in spring, and much more. Useful advice will help you look out for your lake and advocate for its protection.


Ted J. Rulseh

Ted J. Rulseh writes the newspaper column "The Lake Where You Live" and is active in lake-advocacy organizations, including the Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. The editor and publisher of several books on the Great Lakes region, he is the author of On the Pond: Lake Michigan Reflections. He lives in the lake-rich region of northeastern Wisconsin.





“An exceptionally well written, impressively informative, and inherently engaging read from cover to cover.”
Midwest Book Review

“A perfect book for those who live on a lake, visit one, love one and for anyone seeking answers to their formations and widely different characteristics.”
The Harshaw Herald

“Useful advice will help you look out for your lake and advocate for its protection.”
Northeastern Naturalist

“With a beautiful cover and clear illustrations, this book is a great way to deepen your understanding of lakes.”
Northern Wilds

“Interesting and informative. Rulseh presents the science of lakes in an enjoyable way, with real-world examples. He explains how little things that shore residents do on their property can have a large impact on the lake's ecology.”
—Paul Garrison, retired limnologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources



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September 2018
LC: 2018011136 QH
224 pp.   6 x 9
38 b/w illus.

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ISBN 9780299320003
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