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Principles of Water Resources : History, Development, Management, and Policy - Thomas V. Cech

Principles of Water Resources

History, Development, Management, and Policy


Published: 7th August 2009
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The third edition of Principles of Water Resources has been written with the non-technical student in mind. The text integrates a wide variety of water resources topics all under one cover, and breaks down complex topics into short, understandable, and interesting explanations.

This new edition presents a comprehensive and timely presentation, covering water history, surface and groundwater hydrology, water law, water use and development, economics, environmental issues, water management, policy, and more. This book is ideally suited for undergraduate and graduate-level water resources courses found in departments of geography, earth sciences, biology, geology, watershed science, natural resources management, environmental studies, wildlife management, soils, biology, fisheries & wildlife, and law.  


 ?     Well written and concise, this text is interesting, informative, and useful for both students and academics.

?     A valuable reference containing the most current and up-to-date information on Water Resources.

?     Wide-ranging coverage of a variety of relevant topics in the field of water resources rarely found in a single text.

?     A respected author in the field over 20 years, Tom Cech developed programs and shaped policy in the areas of water quality, water rights, endangered species, water development, and water education.


?     New ?Guest Essays? added throughout the text written by top names in their field

?     Both ?Closer Look? and ?Sidebar Discussion? sections have been updated and added to reflect current trends and issues in water resources.

?     Chapter 5 includes a new section on selenium.

?     Maps and images have been updated and added throughout the text.

?     The Transport and Deposition section has been moved to the end of Chapter 3 to improve the sequence of the material.


Tom Cech has been intimately involved in water resources for over 20 years at the local, state, and national levels. He has developed extensive programs and helped shape water policy in the areas of water quality, water rights, endangered species, water development, and water education. He has also taught the water resources course as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Chapter 1: Historical Perspective Of Water Use And Development.

Chapter 2: The Hydrologic Cycle, Climate, And Weather.

Chapter 3: Surface Water Hydrology.

Chapter 4: Groundwater Hydrology.

Chapter 5: Water Quality.

Chapter 6: Municipal And Irrigation Water Development.

Chapter 7: Dams.

Chapter 8: Water Allocation Law.

Chapter 9: Federal Water Agencies.

Chapter 10: Local, Regional, State, And Multistate Water Management Agencies.

Chapter 11: Drinking Water And Wastewater Treatment.

Chapter 12: Water, Fish, And Wildlife.

Chapter 13: The Economics Of Water.

Chapter 14: Water Use Conflicts.

Chapter 15: Emerging Water Issues.


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ISBN: 9780470136317
ISBN-10: 0470136316
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 7th August 2009
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.65  x 2.89
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised