Connecting The Drops: A Citizens' Guide To Protecting Water Resources
Cornell University Press
On Sale: August 18, 2015
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Political
The need for improved water resource protection, beginning with grassroots
action, is urgent. The water we use
depends on networks of wetlands, streams, and watersheds. Land-use
activities, however, are changing these natural
systems. Often these changes result in ecological damage, flooding, water
pollution, and reduced water supply. We
need a healthy environment that sustains our personal and community health;
we also need vibrant and sustainable
economic development that does not destroy the benefits we derive from
nature. Our ability to accomplish both
depends on how well we can "connect the drops."
In this book, Karen Schneller-McDonald presents the basics of water resource
protection: ecology and watershed
science; techniques for evaluating environmental impacts; obstacles to
protection and how to overcome them; and
tips for protection strategies that maximize chances for success. Schneller-
McDonald makes clear the important
connections among natural cycles, watersheds, and ecosystems; the benefits
they provide; and how specific
development activities affect water quality and supply.
The methods described in CONNECTING THE DROPS have broad application in
diverse geographic locations. The
environmental details may differ, but the methods are the same. For water
resource managers and concerned citizens
alike, CONNECTING THE DROPS helps readers interpret scientific information
and contextualize news media reports
and industry ads—ultimately offering "how to" guidance for developing
resource protection strategies.
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