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Main Title The Water Environment of Cities [electronic resource] /
Author Baker, Lawrence A.
Publisher Springer US,
Year Published 2009
Call Number GE300-350
ISBN 9780387848914
Subjects Environmental sciences ; Regional planning ; Landscape ecology ; Civil engineering ; Environmental law ; Environmental management ; Environmental pollution
Internet Access
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Contents Notes
The Urban Water Budget -- Groundwater in the Urban Environment -- Urban Infrastructure and Use of Mass Balance Models for Water and Salt -- New Concepts for Managing Urban Pollution -- Streams and Urbanization -- Urban Water Recreation: Experiences, Place Meanings, and Future Issues -- Urban Design and Urban Water Ecosystems -- Legal Framework for the Urban Water Environment -- Institutions Affecting the Urban Water Environment -- Institutional Structures for Water Management in the Eastern United States -- Adaptive Water Quantity Management: Designing for Sustainability and Resiliency in Water Scarce Regions -- Demand Management, Privatization, Water Markets, and Efficient Water Allocation in Our Cities -- Principles for Managing the Urban Water Environment in the 21st Century. For much of the first 200 years of industrialization, the urban water environment was developed by trial and error, often with unintended consequences. The modern "water closet" became widely used; public officials realized that sewers were needed, epidemics of cholera and typhoid were rampart, and eventually, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio literally caught fire. Along the way, we developed new science, new technology, and new institutions. Will we do better in the future? Can we do better in the developing world? This central premise of this book is that we can, if we plan the urban water environment holistically. The Water Environment of Cities is the first book to develop this holistic vision. To accomplish this, core chapters are written by leading experts in academia, consulting, and government. It is written for the broad audience of urban water managers: engineers, planners, ecologists, hydrologists, social scientists, and others. Chapters are written to be accessible to students and practitioners across disciplines, each incorporates cross-cutting themes, and the book is supported by a glossary. Chapters examine urban water budgets, groundwater management, urban water infrastructure, the movement of pollutants through urban systems, management of urban streams, integration of water into planning design, urban water recreation, the legal framework for urban water management, institutions to manage urban water, and the economics of water supply. Importantly, after writing their core chapters, chapter authors participated in an NSF-funded synthesis workshop to integrate concepts throughout the book. The result is a unique synthesis chapter that outlines five core principles for managing the urban water environment in the 21st century.