Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources (Paperback)Karen Schneller-McDonald (author)
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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. Visit the website for this book at http://thewetnet.net.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 425 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
"Schneller-McDonald (president, Hickory Creek environmental consulting firm, Red Hook, NY) offers an authoritative review of methods for water conservation and use, which is especially important as many regions of the world currently face shortages.... She touches on many water-use flashpoint areas, including the Colorado River basin, Chesapeake Bay, the Florida Everglades, the Great Lakes, and the harmful effects of dams, acid rain, coal mining, sewage disposal, pesticides, and mercury. There are extensive chapter notes and a solid bibliography, including websites. A detailed appendix contains checklists for evaluating streams and wetlands: features, conditions, pertinent questions to raise, etc. VERDICT Highly recommended for environmentalists, resource managers, those concerned with pollution, and naturalists."* Library Journal *
"Connecting the Drops offers both knowledge and hope; it is an essential guide to action and overcoming the global water crisis."-- Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
"Clean water is a basic need. Understanding the influence of land use activities on our water resources is critical to supporting the practices and policies that protect them. Connecting the Drops offers down-to-earth guidance that will help individuals and communities recognize stewardship opportunities and act."-- Mark Ruffalo, founder, Water Defense
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