Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (August 24, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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This textbook covers water resources and issues in the US from the viewpoint of an experienced professional. In addition to the chapter topics, sidebars are written by practitioners in various fields and locations. The book summarizes the major federal government agencies that deal with water resources, some state and local departments, and many of the topical not for profit organizations, all of which may help students understand what might be part of a profession in this field.On the other hand, the book was not comprehensive on the ecology and ecological principles that are involved in water resources. The approach was far stronger in policy and regulation than in ecological considerations.The value of this book in a course is, as usual, highly dependent upon how the professor uses the text in the course.
The text seems as if it was written by an English professor rather than a scientist. The chapter headings are helpful, yet standard to the discipline. Somewhat disorganized, somewhat organized... not as thematic as usual. I used outside resources to understand some of the more fundamental phenomena related to water as the explanations are not entirely clear nor ordered.Decent graphs/pictures and also background stories relating the text to the real world.Probably not enough visual aids.
This book covers all aspects of water development in the US, with special emphasis on issues affecting the western US. Chapters cover water issues from history to diversion projects to water treatment and beyond. Well written, with lots of good case histories and thorough explanations for the non-scientist and the scientist alike.
The content of this book is fantastic. It covers all the areas of water quality and is layed out very nicely so its easy to read and follow (as easy as reading textbooks can be). I was disapointed that the second time I used the book the binding fell apart.
Rented this book for Water Mgmt Class this last semester. About a week or two after I started using it I opened it and the binding just fell apart. Used rubber bands to keep it in place for the rest of the semester. I asked several other students and a few of them said they had the exact same problem to where they opened the book and it just fell apart. The book itself was easy to read and comprehend it made learning much easier than other classes.
-8/10 pages highlighted/marked-the spine has been damaged not mention, currently tapped together-last page and back cover is ripped.- i would have rather paid the extra $2 for a better version.
This is a very interesting read pertaining to the water in our natural world.
I mean it's a book. I got a B in the class. Meh.
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