Natural and Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies: Lessons from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management

Natural and Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies: Lessons from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management

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ISBN-13: 9781466551640
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emily Alcott, MES, is a fluvial geomorphologist and an ecologist at Inter-Fluve Inc. of Hood River, Oregon. She earned a master of environmental science degree from Yale University and a bachelor of science in biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Her area of expertise is in the management of water resources and the restoration and rehabilitation of cold water stream systems. Her work has primarily been in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Mark S. Ashton, Ph.D., is the Morris K. Jessup Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He earned his bachelor of science from the University of Maine, College of Forest Resources, and his master of forestry and Ph.D. from Yale University. Professor Ashton conducts research on the biological and physical processes governing the regeneration of natural forests. The results of his research have been applied to the development and testing of silvicultural techniques for restoration of degraded lands and for the management of natural forests for a variety of values. His work is focused on land rehabilitation for watershed management and water quality.

Bradford S. Gentry, J.D., is the director of the Center for Business and the Environment, as well as a Professor in the Practice at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He earned his bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College and his J.D. from Harvard University. Trained as a biologist and a lawyer, his work focuses on strengthening the links between private investment and improved environmental performance, including in the area of water resource management for urban environments. He is a member of Working Lands Investment Partners, on the board for the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, as well as on the advisory board for Suez Environnement. He has also been an advisor to GE, Baker & McKenzie, the UN Climate Secretariat and other public and private organizations.

Table of Contents

Gray to Green: An Introduction to Four Case Studies on Drinking Water Supply in the Northeastern United States; Caitlin Alcott, Emily Alcott, Mark S. Ashton, and Bradford S. Gentry
Executive Summary
Introduction: Defining the Issue
National Trends
The Northeastern United States
Description of the Case Studies
An Assessment of Drinking Water Systems in Connecticut: Optimizing Natural and Engineered Systems for Protecting the Quality of Surface Drinking Waters; Michael Blazewicz, Lisa Hummon, Claire Jahns, and Tien Shiao
Executive Summary
Introduction
History and Current Status of Drinking Water Supply Systems in Connecticut
The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
The History of Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut
Current Legal Efforts to Address Water Supply Challenges in Connecticut
Current Land Management Efforts to Address Water Supply Challenges in Connecticut
Future Challenges
Recommendations
Source Water Protection in Massachusetts: Lessons from and Opportunities for Worcester and Boston; Emily Alcott, Peter Caligiuri, Jennifer Hoyle, and Nathan Karres
History and Current Status of Drinking Water Supply in Massachusetts
Statewide Challenges: Trends Facing Water Utilities
Land Use Policy, Monitoring, and Asset Management
Comprehensive Approach to Drinking Water Supply Management
Summary Trends, Recommendations, and Conclusions
New York City Watershed Management: Past, Present, and Future; Justin Freiberg, Xiaoting Hou, Jason Nerenberg, Fauna Samuel, and Erin Derrington
History of New York City Watershed
Current Profile of the New York City Watershed
Future Threats and Suggested Actions
Future Decision-Making Outlook
Summary Trends and Recommendations
The Crooked River Watershed, Sebago Lake, and the Drinking Water Supply for the City of Portland, Maine; Jenn Hoyle
Water Supply Protection and the Portland Water District
Watershed Control Program of the Portland Water District
Water Supply Trends and the Value of Watershed Protection
Development Pressures on Watershed Lands
Potential Payments for Watershed Services Programs for the Portland Water District
Summary Recommendations and Conclusions
Comparing Drinking Water Systems in the New England/New York Region: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future; Caitlin Alcott, Emily Alcott, Mark S. Ashton, and Bradford S. Gentry
Executive Summary
Introduction
Surface Watersheds of New England and New York: Green and Gray Infrastructure
Cross-Cutting Themes for the Drinking Water Utilities
Recommendations
Future Research and Conclusions
Global Relevance of Lessons Learned in Watershed Management and Drinking Water Treatment from the Northeastern United States; Alex Barrett and Mark S. Ashton
Methods
Biophysical Considerations and Constraints
Forest History, Land Use, and Infrastructure Development
Human Institutions: Legal, Social, Governmental and Regulatory
Global Applications of the Lessons Learned
Quabbin and Dahuofang Reservoirs: Example of a Comparative Analysis
Index

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