Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 16, 2003 - Business & Economics - 322 pages
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Successful water management is crucial for the proper operation of natural environmental systems and for the support of human society. These two aspects are interdependent, but decisions about one are often made without regard to effects upon the other. A persistent challenge is to consider them together. This book is the first to fully analyze the relationship between water management, environmental conditions and public policy. It combines a careful review of the character and evolution of water management and evaluates management from the standpoint of the quality of the natural environment. Topics covered include domestic and industrial water supply and waste disposal, groundwater use, river channel and floodplain management, and integrated river basins. The processes of social decision-making are examined against a backdrop of plant-soil-water-ecosystem relationships and ecosystem change. Examples are drawn from around the world, from local watershed management to international river basin planning, with emphasis on integrative approaches.
  

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Contents

Water and Life
1
Challenge and opportunity
13
Unfolding recognition of ecosystem change
26
Natural waters
47
Plantsoilwaterecosystem relationships
65
Groundwater
92
Lakes and wetlands
109
River channels and floodplains
139
Impounded rivers and reservoirs
160
Domestic and industrial water management
186
Decision processes
218
Integrative approaches
236
Guide to Internet resources on water and environment
262
References
297
Index
320
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James L. Westcoat is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois.

Gilbert F. White is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.