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Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues


By: Karrie Lynn Pennington(Author), Thomas V Cech(Author)

464 pages, 109 b/w illustrations, 16 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2009 | #182762 | ISBN-13: 9780521869881
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How much water does the world need to support growing human populations? What factors influence water quality, droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases? What are the potential effects of climate change on the world's water resources? These questions and more are discussed in this thorough introduction to the complex world of water resources. The strength of Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues is its coverage of the fundamentals of the science of water, aquatic ecology, geomorphology and hydrology, supplemented by internet resources and examples from water resource issues in the news to engage the student.

Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues begins with a short history of human use and influence on water, followed by chapters on the geomorphology, hydrology, chemistry, and biology of lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Major disease issues, worldwide water quality and quantity problems, and potential solutions are addressed. Water laws, water allocation, and the conflicts involved are discussed using US and international examples.

"The key features and strengths are the breadth and scope of this text at the introductory level. With excellent diagrams, guest essays, case studies, policy analysis, and key electronic references, there really is not another text of this scope."
- Timothy Link, University of Idaho

"The holistic approach towards water combined with ecological principles is a definite strength."
- Alan D. Steinman, Director, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University

"The book diverges from many other books. It has a more applied focus and will have an audience in environmental studies and resource management programs."
- Jules Blais, University of Ottawa

"The book would be worthy of purchase as an overview or summary volume or as an introductory textbook, touching briefly as it does on many aspects of water use."
- Journal of the American Water Resources Association

"The author's core goal for this book is to emphasise the need not just to learn facts but also to recognise interactions and consequences and to analyse what the results might be in a variety of circumstances."
- Jonathan W. Buckley, University of Michigan

"The authors' core goal for this book is to emphasize the need not just to learn facts but also to recognize interactions and consequences and to analyze what the results might be in a variety of circumstances [...] the authors have provided a solid foundation for the reader to be able to achieve this goal and subsequently apply the information presented to a variety of current and future water resources and environmental issues."
- Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union



1. Perspectives on water and environmental issues
2. The water environment of early civilizations
3. The hydrologic cycle
4. Water quality
5. Watershed basics
6. Groundwater
7. Lakes and ponds
8. Rivers and streams
9. Wetlands
10. Dams and reservoirs
11. Drinking water and wastewater treatment
12. Water allocation law
13. Roles of federal, regional, state, and local water management
14. Water conflicts, solutions, and our future


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Karrie Lynn Pennington has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, studying the impacts of land-use on water ecosystems since 1992. She studied biology at the University of North Texas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, and completed a Master of Science in Soils from the University of Idaho in Moscow.

Thomas V. Cech has been the Executive Director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley since 1982. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Kearney State College, and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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