October 2009, Vol. 21, No.10

Water Volumes

Aquatic Habitats in Sustainable Urban Water Management: Science, Policy, and Practice

Iwona Wagner, Jiri Marsalek, and Pascal Breil, (2007), Taylor & Francis Group, Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JH, 229 pp., $49.95, soft cover, ISBN: 0415453518.

This book is part of a series of urban water management books produced by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program and Man and the Biosphere Program. With contributions by experts in the hydrological, ecological, and health sciences, the book provides a platform for exchanging ideas about aquatic habitats, related ecosystem goods and services, and conservation and sustainable usage, with a focus on integrating aquatic habitatsinto urban water management. Aquatic habitats play a pivotal role in sustaining water quality and ecological integrity, including proper urban water management.

The book has nine chapters. Chapters 1 to 3 review basic concepts and general strategies for integrating aquatic habitats into urban water management. Chapters 4 to 8 discuss urban water habitats management and rehabilitation technologies, and their applications in urban planning. Chapter 9 provides practical examples and solutions.

Urban water managers and professionals may seek out this book for strategies and techniques for the environmentally sound management, conservation, and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. A list of acronyms used is provided at the beginning of the book, making for easy reference. Also, a glossary helps with comprehension of key concepts related to urban water management. The book is printed in color for better visualization.


Gang Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University–Florida State University (Tallahassee).