Land, Water and Development: River Basin Systems and Their Sustainable Management

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Prologue
1 History of river basin management 1
1.1 Hydraulic cultures: management in advance of science 1
1.2 The rise of hydrology and hydraulics 6
1.3 Monks, mills and mines: origins of river coordination in England 11
1.4 The rise of environment 16
1.5 The lessons of history and the challenges of the future 19
2 Natural river basins: transfer systems 22
2.1 Flow of water and the transport of sediment 23
2.2 Channel morphology 34
2.3 Floodplains 42
2.4 Basin sediment systems 47
2.5 Summary: key elements of the natural system, a sensitivity assessment 51
3 Land and water: interactions 53
3.1 Vegetation, soils and hydrology 53
3.2 Runoff modifications in developed river basins 65
3.3 Vegetation, soils and water quality 73
3.4 Conclusions 85
4 Managing land and water in the developed world: an international survey 88
4.1 Development and the river basin 88
4.2 River basin management in the USA 89
4.3 Canadian river basin management 113
4.4 New Zealand: wise management determined by hazard 123
4.5 Conclusions: national priorities in the developed world 134
5 River basins and development 136
5.1 General characteristics and new philosophies 136
5.2 Problems of food, power and trade in drylands 139
5.3 The Nile: a definitive case of hydropolitics 145
5.4 River basin development authorities: experience elsewhere in Africa 157
5.5 The land-use dimension: Africa waits but the Ganges responds 166
5.6 Dams, alternatives and the need for new international order 174
5.7 Development and rivers: broad trends 186
6 Technical issues in river basin management 188
6.1 Soil erosion 189
6.2 River regulation 205
6.3 Climatic change and river basin management 221
7 Institutional issues in river basin management 242
7.1 Basin authorities: the influence of the TVA 246
7.2 Does an ideal river basin institution exist? 247
7.3 Case study: UK water institutions 249
7.4 River basin units: land drainage leads the way 252
7.5 Issues of resources and pollution 255
7.6 Political analysis of the Regional Water Authorities 260
7.7 River basin institutions and developing nations 265
7.8 Environmental assessment of water projects: worldwide panacea? 268
7.9 International river basin management 271
7.10 Current UK trajectories river basin assessment and consultation: lessons for institutions 273
7.11 Conclusions: influence over land - an essential prerequisite 277
8 Sustainable river basin management: issues of the knowledge base 281
8.1 Science in the 'New Environmental' Age 281
8.2 The environmental sciences 283
8.3 'Science speaks to power' 284
8.4 Environmentalism, environmental science and river basin systems 286
8.5 The hydrologists' stock-in-trade: catchment research 288
8.6 Alternatives to catchment research 293
8.7 Science and policy: land-use management in river basins 295
8.8 Policy responses 299
8.9 The structure of implementation: British examples 301
8.10 Conclusions: intervening in land - a political test of knowledge 307
9 Land and water: towards systems of management in a period of change 309
9.1 Future of the river basin idea 309
9.2 The mutual consideration of land with water 311
9.3 Land, water and development 312
9.4 Technocracy and democracy: planning and people 313
9.5 Anticipation and restoration: a practical agenda 315
9.6 Catchments, basins, corridors and valleys: a final note on scale 318
Bibliography 321
Index 341
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