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Technical Resources on Watershed Management

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This is a well-written and engaging book. The author has a pervasive enthusiasm for the pollution of waterways from a different perspective, as the subtitle says, “a paleoenvironmental perspective.” Readers will be introduced to a topic not commonly addressed in most environmental disciplines. This well-referenced book will expose the reader to a valuable cache of literature for environmental studies.

 

New York City (NYC) Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway unveiled a new plan to use “green” infrastructure to improve the quality of waterways around the city by capturing and retaining stormwater to reduce sewer overflows, according to a NYC news release.

 

The Missouri River doesn’t carry enough sediment anymore for some native birds and fish. According to a report by the U.S. National Research Council (NRC), current efforts to restore habitats along sandbars and shallow waters in the Missouri River cannot substantially re-establish historic volumes of sediment that were transported downstream to the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana.

 

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated nutrient criteria for Florida’s fresh waters on Nov. 14, the rest of the country has been watching. This is the first time EPA has stepped in to set numeric criteria for a state.

 

Study findings indicate that streams with diminished flow contained aquatic communities that prefer slow-moving currents characteristic of lake or pond habitats. The study also found that flow alteration differed in severity and type among regions because of natural landscape features, land practices, degree of development, and water demand.

 

Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University (Bloomington), who in 2009 became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in economics, has done pioneering research on collaborative approaches to resources management around the world. In her 1990 book Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, she demonstrated that user management of fish stocks, pastures, woods, lakes, and groundwater basins, in many countries and cultures, is able to establish norms of behavior, sophisticated rules for decision-making, and even enforcement mechanisms.

 

This book facilitates transferring online data from governmental and scientific sources to practicing hydrologists and students. Instructors who teach courses on hydrology may find it an excellent textbook. This book also can serve as a valuable reference for practicing engineers for hydrologic principles, flood frequency analysis, floodplain analysis, computer simulation, and hydrologic stormwater design.

 

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