Introduction to Water in California / Edition 2

Introduction to Water in California / Edition 2

by David Carle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520260163

ISBN-13: 9780520260160

Pub. Date: 02/20/2009

Publisher: University of California Press


The food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water, according to the California Farm Bureau. In this densely populated state where it rains only six months out of the year, where does all that water come from? This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of…  See more details below

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The food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water, according to the California Farm Bureau. In this densely populated state where it rains only six months out of the year, where does all that water come from? This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods. Along the way, we learn much about California itself as the book describes its rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, the environment, and politics. Essential reading in a state facing the future with an already overextended water supply, this fascinating book shows that, for all Californians, every drop counts. A new preface on recent water issues brings the book up to the minute.

* Features 130 color photographs and 26 color maps

* Includes a table, "Where Does Your Water Come From?," that answers the question for 315 California cities and towns

* Provides up-to-date information on water quality in California, covering such timely topics as Giardia, groundwater contamination, fluoride, and the bottled-water phenomenon

A book in the Californians and Their Environment subseries, dedicated to understanding human influences on the state's ecology and natural resources

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260160
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/20/2009
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Updated with a New Preface
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
504,780
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction - Water Web: Connected Californians
Tapping into a Planetary Cycle1
A Great Water Wheel3
The Vital Molecule18
"Normal" Weather: Anything but "Average"23
California Water Landscape35
Pristine Waterscape37
Groundwater48
Hydrologic Regions52
The Distribution System85
Expanding Watersheds87
The State Water Project92
The Central Valley Project103
Colorado River Delivery Systems110
The Los Angeles Aqueduct115
The Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct118
The Mokelumne Aqueduct123
The North Bay125
Challenges to California Water Management133
Extinction is Forever135
A Thirsty Garden146
The Salton Sea153
Animal Impacts155
Beneath Your Feet157
Out of Sight, Out of Control160
Can You Drink the Water?164
Giardia166
Mass Medication167
The Bottled-Water Phenomenon169
The Problem is Us171
Where Does Your Dog Go?174
Unchecked Growth: Messing with the Cycle175
Meeting the Challenges: California's Water Future179
The Public Trust181
Restoration184
CALFED187
The Debate Over Dams191
Storage in the Bank200
Transfers: Water As a Commodity204
Short-Cutting the Cycle208
Squeezing the Sponge211
Clean Water215
Lemonade from Lemons216
What Future Do You Choose?219
Acronyms and Abbreviations225
Historical Timeline227
Agencies and Organizations235
References237
Photo Credits245
Index247

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