Achieving Sustainable Freshwater Systems: A Web of Connections

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Marjorie Holland, Elizabeth R. Blood, Lawrence R. Shaffer
Island Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 351 pages
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One of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century is to develop a means of satisfying the water demands of an ever-expanding human population while at the same time protecting the aquatic ecosystems and ecological services upon which all life depends.Achieving Sustainable Freshwater Systems brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines to present key insights and information on sustainable freshwater systems. Contributors represent a variety of perspectives and expertise, helping to illuminate the multiple connections and concerns involved with freshwater systems. Throughout they focus on the idea that freshwater systems lie at the heart of many different environmental and societal concerns. Achieving sustainability will require a heightened understanding of the connections among those concerns, and a willingness for experts and stakeholders to work together across areas of interest.For both scientists and managers, Achieving Sustainable Freshwater Systems represents an important new resource for formulating site-specific solutions to problems involving natural resource sustainability.
  

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Contents

Sustainable Freshwater Resources The Promise and the Reality
11
FRESHWATER SYSTEMS FROM PAST TO PRESENT
41
Wetlands Laws and Policies How We Got Where We Are Today
43
Aquatic Resources and Human Health
65
Interacting Effects of Altered Hydrology and Contaminant Transport Emerging Ecological Patterns of Global Concern
85
RECENT SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES IN WATER AND WETLANDS
109
Freshwater and Wetland Ecology Challenges and Future Frontiers
111
Wetland Biogeochemistry
125
Restoring Forested Wetland Ecosystems
193
Wetlands and Agriculture
221
CAN WE ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE FRESHWATER SYSTEMS IN THE FUTURE?
237
Sustainability of Aquatic Systems and the Role of Culture and Values
239
Regional Water Strategies
251
Sustainable Freshwater Resources Achieving Secure Water Supplies
283
The State of Freshwater Resources Conclusions and Recommendations
317
List of Reviewers
323

Chemical Ecology and Natural Products from Wetlands Emerging Perspectives
157
FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT
171
Wetland Restoration Applications on the Land in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley
173
List of Contributors
329
Index
337
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About the author (2003)

Marjorie M. Holland is director of the Center for Water and Wetland Resources and professor in the biology department at The University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Elizabeth R. Blood is research scientist at the J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton, Georgia and adjunct graduate professor at the Institute of Ecology of the University of Georgia.

Lawrence R. Shaffer is instructor of biology at Northwest Mississippi Community College and an adjunct faculty member in the department of biology at the University of Mississippi.

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