Chapter 7 - Sustainable Solutions for Water Resources


This Chapter of the course will explore water resources in the context of sustainbility. It will begin with an overview of water resources including the types of water resources, their relationships, and global distribution; and key concepts in understanding their value as an ecosystem service and a managed resource in sustainable development. The major water issues confronting the US and the nations of the world, including climate change; drought; water wars; water demands; and development pressure such as agricultural irrigation will be analyzed for their relationship to sustainability. We will analyze major water quality and environmental concerns, and the linkage of water and disease. The "cost" of water will be examined in a discussion of resource economics. Sustainable practices for water planning and management will be examined using case studies.


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