Freshwater Issues: A Reference Handbook

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Battles have been fought, lives have been lost, countries divided-and all for one reason-water. Freshwater Issues provides a quick education in the basics and essential issues of freshwater management. From water supply and resource information to the role of water in ecosystems, the coverage also provides global water data, examines uncertainties about future water supplies, and addresses technological advances in the development of water resources and environmental safeguards....

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Overview

Battles have been fought, lives have been lost, countries divided-and all for one reason-water. Freshwater Issues provides a quick education in the basics and essential issues of freshwater management. From water supply and resource information to the role of water in ecosystems, the coverage also provides global water data, examines uncertainties about future water supplies, and addresses technological advances in the development of water resources and environmental safeguards.

Thorough treatment is given to water rights, allocation issues, and U.S. water laws and their many regional variations. This is followed by an explanation of the economics of water, from ownership and pricing to social impact and discussions of often-conflicting public, environmental, and private interests. The war over water has just begun.

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"A basic introduction discusses freshwater management, followed by a fairly exhaustive compilation of facts and figures, a policy time line beginning in 1783, lists of agencies and associations involved in freshwater management, and further readings. Recommended. All collections."

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"…complete and current in its coverage … Anyone interested in America's water resources will gain from referencing it. It should be contained in the reference section of all public and school libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076491
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Water, Supply, Demand, and Development 1
2 Water Rights, Allocation Challenges, and Management Problems 17
3 A History of Key People and Events 41
4 Chronology: A Detailed History of U.S. Water Policy 67
5 Freshwater Facts and Data 93
6 Directory of Government and International Agencies, Organizations, and Associations 125
7 Selected Print and Nonprint Resources 197
Glossary 251
Index 267
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