Twenty-First Century U. S. Water Policy

ISBN-10: 0199859442
ISBN-13: 9780199859443
Edition: 2012
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Description: As is becoming clearer and clearer, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing, with no foreseeable end in sight. Yet these pressures are not due to a national water scarcity. While the Southwest faces the problems of draught, a  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/23/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408

As is becoming clearer and clearer, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing, with no foreseeable end in sight. Yet these pressures are not due to a national water scarcity. While the Southwest faces the problems of draught, a rising population, and over-allocation ofresources, the Northeast and Northern Plains must deal with increasingly wet weather and flooding. The greatest challenges that the United States faces with regard to water are regional disparities in availability, a changing climate, worsening water quality, and, increasingly, controversies overmanagement strategies and policies.While many countries have adopted federal approaches to water management, the United States has no cohesive national water policy. In fact, the oversight of current water policy is shared by over sixty different agencies,and the last national water assessment undertaken in the United States occurred over forty years ago. The lack of coordinated oversight not only renders national policymakers unable to make informed analyses ofwater quality standards and availability, it also results in large gaps of understanding regarding variability of water resources and how to most efficiently and effectively manage and preserve those resources. A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy culls together independent analysis offreshwater availability; water usage in agriculture, municipalities, tribal settlements, and energy production; exisiting legal frameworks; environmental justice movements; and data on water quality and climate change. The result is a visionary proposal for a coherent and critically needed federalwater policy.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Soft Path for Water
The Water of the United States: Freshwater Availability and Use
Legal and Institutional Framework of Water Management
Water and Environmental Justice
Tribes and Water
Water Quality
Protecting Freshwater Ecosystems
Municipal Water Use
Water and Agriculture
Water and Energy
Water and Climate
United States International Water Policy
Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix: Key Pieces of Federal Legislation
Notes
About the Authors
Index

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