Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources

Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources

by Karen Schneller-McDonald


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The need for improved water resource protection, beginning with grassroots action, is urgent. The water we use depends on networks of wetlands, streams, and watersheds. Land-use activities, however, are changing these natural systems. Often these changes result in ecological damage, flooding, water pollution, and reduced water supply. We need a healthy environment that sustains our personal and community health; we also need vibrant and sustainable economic development that does not destroy the benefits we derive from nature. Our ability to accomplish both depends on how well we can "connect the drops."In this book, Karen Schneller-McDonald presents the basics of water resource protection: ecology and watershed science; techniques for evaluating environmental impacts; obstacles to protection and how to overcome them; and tips for protection strategies that maximize chances for success. Schneller-McDonald makes clear the important connections among natural cycles, watersheds, and ecosystems; the benefits they provide; and how specific development activities affect water quality and supply.The methods described in Connecting the Drops have broad application in diverse geographic locations. The environmental details may differ, but the methods are the same. For water resource managers and concerned citizens alike, Connecting the Drops helps readers interpret scientific information and contextualize news media reports and industry ads—ultimately offering "how to" guidance for developing resource protection strategies. Visit the website for this book at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501700286
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,310,277
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Schneller-McDonald is a wetland and water resources specialist. She is the president of Hickory Creek Consulting LLC.

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Headwaters: Understanding Natural Water Systems1. Natural Water Systems and Their Benefits2. Picturing Environmental Features and SystemsPart II. Wading Deeper: Identifying and Describing Impacts3. How Land-Use Activities Affect Water4. Measuring the Impacts5. Energy Development and WaterPart III. Charting a Course: Working toward Protection6. Weighing Significant Impacts, True Costs, and Mitigation7. Overcoming Obstacles to Water Protection8. Strategies for ActionConclusion: Stars in the WaterAppendix: Stream and Wetland Checklists
Selected Bibliography

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