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A comprehensive look at our most precious resource
With its broad coverage of the history of water availability and use, as well as government development, management, and policy of water usage, Thomas Cech's Principles of Water Resources, Second Edition is ideal for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Throughout the text, interesting sidebars, policy issues, and closer looks at past and present examples of water use bring the material to life.
Now updated and revised, this Second Edition features a new chapter on the economics of water, revised maps and photos, a new boxed feature titled Our Environment, a new guest essay on desalination by Dr. Fares Howari of United Arab Emirates University, and more.
* Rich in content
* Comprehensive in scope
* Straightforward, engaging style
* Case studies
* Attractive photos and maps
* Numerous sidebar discussions
* International perspective
* Extensive definitions
* Discussion questions
* Chapter-by-chapter glossary
* Internet links
* Multidisciplinary approach
Visit the accompanying website ( for:
* Line art in PowerPoint
* Sample exams
* Student research papers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471484752
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/14/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 0.99 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents


Drinking Water for Early Civilizations.

Early Irrigation and Flood-Control Projects.



The Middle East.

India, Spain, Portugal, and South America.

North America.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.

Early Water Transportation Development.

Egypt and Greece.



United States.

Early Hydropower Development.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.


The Hydrologic Cycle.


Measuring Precipitation.


Surface and Groundwater Storage.

Lakes and Reservoirs.

C A S E S T U D Y Great Salt Lake of Utah.

C A S E S T U D Y The Aral Sea of Uzbekistan.





Climate and Weather.



Air Currents.

Ocean Currents.

Tilt of the Earth’s Axis.

Monitoring Climate Change.



Air Pressure.



Wind Speed and Direction.

Weather Modification.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.



P O L I C Y I S S U E.


What Is Surface Water Hydrology?


Delineating a Watershed.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.

Overland Flow.


Components of a River.

River Morphology.

Types of Rivers.



Types of Lakes.

Ecological Zones.

Thermal Cycles.


Transport and Deposition.


Sediment Load.

Water Measurement.

Overland Flow.

River Discharge.

Water Storage in Lakes and Reservoirs.

Flood Events.

Flood Frequency.

Probable Maximum Precipitation.

Probable Maximum Flood.

G U E S T E S S AY GIS and Flooding by Jake Freier.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.


What Is Groundwater?

What Is Groundwater Hydrology?

The Geology of Groundwater.

Sedimentary Rocks.

Glaciated Terrain.

Alluvial Valleys.

Tectonic Formations.

Groundwater Recharge.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.


Aquifer Types.

Properties of Aquifers.

Groundwater Movement.

P O L I C Y I S S U E .

Age of Groundwater.

Locating and Mapping Groundwater.

Drilling a Groundwater Well.


Water Pollution.

Point Source and Nonpoint Source Pollution.

Point Source Pollution.

Nonpoint Source Pollution.

Basic Parameters of Water.


Dissolved Oxygen.




Inorganic Chemicals.






P O L I C Y I S S U E.


Organic Chemicals.

Natural Organic Chemicals.

Synthetic Organic Chemicals.





The Nitrogen Cycle.

Nitrogen Fixation.




The Phosphorus Cycle.


Waterborne Diseases.

Historical Problems.


Indicator Organisms.

Other Waterborne Organisms.

Water Quality Management.

Fate and Transport.

Fate and Transport in Surface Water.

Fate and Transport in Groundwater.

G U E S T E S S AY Managing Data for a Groundwater Restoration Project by Dr. Curt Elmore.

Wellhead Protection Programs.


Contamination Source Inventory.

Source Management.

Contingency Planning.

Watershed Protection Programs.

Total Maximum Daily Loads.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.

Water Sampling.

G U E S T E S S AY Environmental Consulting as a Career by Sandra Novotny.

C H A P T E R 6


Municipal Water Systems.

C A S E S T U D Y Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.



The Owens Valley.

The Metropolitan Water District.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.

Los Angeles Water Delivery System.

Los Angeles Water Rates.

C A S E S T U D Y Lincoln Water System.


Ashland Wellfield.

Lincoln Water Rates 159

C A S E S T U D Y New York City Department of Environmental Protection.


The Croton River Basin System.

City Tunnel #3.

G U E S T E S S AY Construction of City Tunnel #3 by Eileen Schnock.

New York City Water Rates.


Historical Perspective.

The Need for Irrigation.

Irrigation Techniques.

Gravity Irrigation.

Sprinkler Irrigation.

Drip Irrigation.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.


Dam Basics.

Purposes of Dams.

Components of Dams.

Types of Dams.

Dam Operations.

C A S E S T U D Y Hoover Dam and Lake Mead—Nevada/Arizona.

C A S E S T U D Y Kingsley Dam and Lake McConaughy—Nebraska.

C A S E S T U D Y Grand Coulee Dam and Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake—Washington State.

P O L I C Y I S S U E.

Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Impacts of Dams.

G U E S T E S S AY Forced Urbanization: The Three Gorges Dam Relocation Process

by Colin Flahive.

Dams and Locks for Navigation.

G U E S T E S S AY Navigation on the Tennessee River by Ted Nelson.H A P T E R 8


Ancient Water Allocation Law.

Code of Hammurabi.

Justinian Code.

Ancient Riparian Doctrine.

Water Allocation Law (1200–1799).

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