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Water use, management, and planning in the United States
Thompson, Stephen A. (Stephen Andrew)
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Water Use Management, and Planning in the United States is designed with new college classes on water resources in mind. It provides information on hydrology, biology, geology, economics, and geography along with historical water policies and regional regulations. The text reflects the transdisciplinary nature of water resources management, moving between descriptive discussions and quantitative analysis to bridge the social and physical sciences. Also providedare frequent case studies and examples to illustrate real-world applications, and includes sidebars throughout to reinforce major points. This book is a result of the authors years of teaching, giving a prescription for an intelligent integrated systemsapproach to water resources management.

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Thompson's elementary work on water resources management begins with a simple presentation of the physical hydrologic system and moves to the historical, legal, and economic issues relating to water use. Much of the presentation is historical in nature, and Thompson uses this historical analysis to demonstrate how the current system evolved. There are also chapters on water use and demand, floods and droughts, and techniques for addressing these issues. These chapters consider both rural and urban water resources issues. Limited statistical information is presented and computational examples are simple. The book is written for a beginning student in this field; it is elementary but does present a reasonably complete coverage of the topic. Suitable for upper-division undergraduate students in the biological, chemical, physical, and social sciences. J. T. Pfeffer; emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Table of Contents

The Physical System
A History of Water Development in the United States
Water Quantity Law: The Legal System
Water Use in the United States
Economics and Water Resources
Water Demand and Supply: Management and Planning
Offstream Water Use: Urban and Agriculture
Instream Water Uses: Hydroelectric Power and Recreation
Water Quality and Ecosystems
Floods and Droughts
Subject Index