1. Water quality management: an evolving field for changing values -- 2. History of water quality management: the problem and its science -- 3. Attitudes, goals, and management strategies -- 4. Global water resources and how they are used: the expression of goals and objectives -- 5. Developing standards from the traditions of toxicology -- 6. Classification and environmental quality assessment: the search for ecologically accurate aquatic metrics -- 7. The role of scale issues in water quality management -- 8. Water and the hydrologic cycle -- 9. Rivers and streams: one-way flow systems -- 10. Groundwater and water quality: water to live on -- 11. Coastal zone water quality management -- 12. Lakes and water quality impacts -- 13. Wetlands: productive, vital, cleansing, and threatened. 14. Structuring water management goals by ecological level -- 15. Responses to stress at the ecosystem, community, population, and individual levels -- 16. Regionalization in natural resource management: Ecoregions -- 17. Effects of land use on water quality -- 18. Management of water quality in a forested landscape -- 19. Management of water quality in an agricultural landscape -- 20. Management of water quality in an urban landscape -- 21. Special issue: cultural eutrophication -- 22. Special issue: acidification of fresh water resources -- 23. Special issue: global change: a proactive management challenge -- 24. Special issue: exotics: a special biological pollutant -- 25. Cultural dimensions of water quality policy -- 26. Paradigms in motion: integrated approaches to water quality policy -- 27. Decision making in practice: case studies. Water Quality: Management of a Natural Resource is the first text in the field to discuss aquatic ecosystems in the context of human valuation, human decision making, and how those attributes vary among cultures. The approach is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural and offers four critical new dimensions to the existing literature on water quality management. The book addresses a social dimension and an understanding of how water quality management has evolved to its present state; an integrated dimension, in which the interactions among chemical, physical, biological, and social aspects are explored; an ecological dimension to yield a proactive management strategy; and an international dimension demonstrating the care required in applying water quality management across borders and regions and among many cultures. Each chapter of the book begins with an overview and concludes with a list of review papers, texts, and primary journal articles. Written for advanced students in water quality management and decision makers interested in a broad and integrated approach to water quality management, Water Quality: Management of a Natural Resource is the most comprehensive source in the field.