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 fully analyzes 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.
• Analyses the relationship between water management, environmental conditions and public policy • Provides a broad range of geographical examples • Emphasises integrative approaches • Includes a comprehensive guide to internet resources relevant to water and development
List of figures; List of tables; Preface; List of abbreviations; Conversions of selected units of hydrologic measurement; 1. Water and life; 2. Challenge and opportunity; 3. Unfolding recognition of ecosystem change; 4. Natural waters; 5. Plant-soil-water-ecosystem relationships; 6. Groundwater; 7. Lakes and wetlands; 8. River channels and floodplains; 9. Impounded rivers and reservoirs; 10. Domestic and industrial water management; 11. Decision processes; 12. Integrative approaches; Appendix. Guide to internet resources on water and environment; References; Index.
'… a concise and erudite primer aimed at helping hydrologists and environmental managers to find a common language to talk about policymaking for rivers, lakes, wetlands and underground water reserves … As befits its distinguished authors, it exudes authority.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'… a significant contribution to the growing library of water and environment management texts.' Geography