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Main Title Chasing Water A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability / [electronic resource] :
Author Richter, Brian.
Publisher Island Press/Center for Resource Economics : Imprint: Island Press,
Year Published 2014
Call Number TD419-428
ISBN 9781610915373
Subjects Environmental sciences ; Endangered ecosystems ; Aquatic biology ; Environmental pollution ; Marine Sciences
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Collation XVI, 176 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
1. Running Out of Water -- 2. Taking Stock of Our Water Budgets -- 3. Options for Resolving Water Bankruptcy -- 4. Who Is Responsible for Water? -- 5. Seven Principles for Sustainability -- 6. Bringing Power to the People -- 7. How to Survive a Water Crisis: Murray-Darling Basin, Australia -- 8. Chasing Hope -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- About the Author -- Index. Water scarcity is spreading and intensifying in many regions of the world, with dire consequences for local communities, economies, and freshwater ecosystems. Current approaches tend to rely on policies crafted at the state or national level, which on their own have proved insufficient to arrest water scarcity. To be durable and effective, water plans must be informed by the culture, economics, and varied needs of affected community members. International water expert Brian Richter argues that sustainable water sharing in the twenty-first century can only happen through open, democratic dialogue and local collective action. In Chasing Water, Richter tells a cohesive and complete story of water scarcity: where it is happening, what is causing it, and how it can be addressed. Through his engaging and nontechnical style, he strips away the complexities of water management to its bare essentials, providing information and practical examples that will empower community leaders, activists, and students to develop successful and long-lasting water programs. Chasing Water will provide local stakeholders with the tools and knowledge they need to take an active role in the watershed-based planning and implementation that are essential for water supplies to remain sustainable in perpetuity.