Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy, 2nd Edition
Henke, Jennifer, NACTA Journal
Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy, 2nd edition By Thomas V. Cech, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005, 488 pages, Hardbound $97.95
The use of freshwater is increasing worldwide as our population continues to increase. In 1996, humans used approximately 54% of all freshwater available (p. xix), and it is estimated that by 2025, more than one-third of the world will be suffering from severe water shortages (p. xix). These alarming facts are why it is important for our students as informed citizens of the world to understand water resources; these facts are also the reason why Thomas Cech has decided to revise his book and publish a second edition.
Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy is divided into 15 chapters to cover what Cech feels are the most important topics of water resources: historical perspective of water use and development; the hydrologic cycle; surface water hydrology; groundwater hydrology; water quality; municipal and irrigation water development; dams; water allocation law; federal water agencies; local, regional, state, and multi-state water management agencies; drinking water and wastewater treatment; fish and wildlife; economics; water use conflicts; and emerging water issues. An appendix covers how to read topographic maps and some information on conservation organizations such as the National Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited. The chapters have bold key words, discussion questions and suggested readings, websites, and videos for more information for the students. Guest essays from experts and recent case studies aid in keeping the book current.
The publisher states that updates to this book include "new chapter on the economics of water, revised maps and photos, a new boxed feature titled "Our Environment," a new guest essay on desalination by Dr. …