California Rivers and Streams

The Conflict Between Fluvial Process and Land Use

Author: Jeffrey F. Mount

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520916937

Category: Nature

Page: 376

View: 1861

California Rivers and Streams provides a clear and informative overview of the physical and biological processes that shape California's rivers and watersheds. Jeffrey Mount introduces relevant basic principles of hydrology and geomorphology and applies them to an understanding of the differences in character of the state's many rivers. He then builds on this foundation by evaluating the impact on waterways of different land use practices—logging, mining, agriculture, flood control, urbanization, and water supply development. Water may be one of California's most valuable resources, but it is far from being one we control. In spite of channels, levees, lines and dams, the state's rivers still frequently flood, with devastating results. Almost all the rivers in California are dammed or diverted; with the booming population, there will be pressure for more intervention. Mount argues that Californians know little about how their rivers work and, more importantly, how and why land-use practices impact rivers. The forceful reconfiguration and redistribution of the rivers has already brought the state to a critical crossroads. California Rivers and Streams forces us to reevaluate our use of the state's rivers and offers a foundation for participating in the heated debates about their future.
Posted in Nature

River Ecology and Management

Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion

Author: Robert Naiman,Robert E. Bilby,S. Kantor

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387952468

Category: Nature

Page: 705

View: 6972

Today, with unprecedented demands on streams and rivers by an exponentially increasing human population, a basic ecological understanding of the structure and dynamics of running waters is essential for formulating sound management and policy decisions. The interface between the science and policy of natural resource management is illustrated by examples from the Pacific coastal ecoregion, including the protection of riparian forest, the marbled murrelet, salmon, and amphibians.
Posted in Nature

Immortal River

The Upper Mississippi in Ancient and Modern Times

Author: Calvin R. Fremling

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299202941

Category: History

Page: 429

View: 3324

This engaging and well-illustrated primer to the Upper Mississippi River presents the basic natural and human history of this magnificent waterway. Immortal River is written for the educated lay-person who would like to know more about the river's history and the forces that shape as well as threaten it today. It melds complex information from the fields of geology, ecology, geography, anthropology, and history into a readable, chronological story that spans some 500 million years of the earth's history. Like the Mississippi itself, Immortal River often leaves the main channel to explore the river's backwaters, floodplain, and drainage basin. The book's focus is the Upper Mississippi, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois. But it also includes information about the river's headwaters in northern Minnesota and about the Lower Mississippi from Cairo south to the river's mouth ninety miles below New Orleans. It offers an understanding of the basic geology underlying the river's landscapes, ecology, environmental problems, and grandeur.
Posted in History

The American West at Risk

Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

Author: Howard G. Wilshire,Jane E. Nielson,Richard W. Hazlett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199722617

Category: Science

Page: 640

View: 6892

The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries, immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil bonanzas. It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources. The importance of this story is that preserving lands has a central role for protecting air and water quality, and water supplies--and all support a healthy living environment. The idea that all life on earth is connected in a great chain of being, and that all life is connected to the physical earth in many obvious and subtle ways, is not some new-age fad, it is scientifically demonstrable. An understanding of earth processes, and the significance of their biological connections, is critical in shaping societal values so that national land use policies will conserve the earth and avoid the worst impacts of natural processes. These connections inevitably lead science into the murkier realms of political controversy and bureaucratic stasis. Most of the chapters in The American West at Risk focus on a human land use or activity that depletes resources and degrades environmental integrity of this resource-rich, but tender and slow-to-heal, western U.S. The activities include forest clearing for many purposes; farming and grazing; mining for aggregate, metals, and other materials; energy extraction and use; military training and weapons manufacturing and testing; road and utility transmission corridors; recreation; urbanization; and disposing of the wastes generated by everything that we do. We focus on how our land-degrading activities are connected to natural earth processes, which act to accelerate and spread the damages we inflict on the land. Visit www.theamericanwestatrisk.com to learn more about the book and its authors.
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Introduction to Water in California

Author: David Carle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520287894

Category: Science

Page: 348

View: 4350

This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods. Along the way, we learn much about California itself as the book describes its rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, the environment, and politics. Essential reading in a state facing the future with an overextended water supply, this fascinating book shows that, for all Californians, every drop counts. New to this updated edition: * Additional maps, figures, and photos * Expanded coverage of potential impacts to precipitation, snowpack, and water supply from climate change * Updated information about the struggle for water management and potential solutions * New content about sustainable groundwater use and regulation, desalination, water recycling, stormwater capture, and current proposals for water storage and diversion *Additional table summarizing water sources for 360 California cities and towns
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A Journey in the Future of Water

Author: Terje Tvedt

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857734512

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 8484

Nourished by fears of global warming and climate change, water has become an issue of international concern. In Journey in the Future of Water leading water expert, TerjeTvedt, travels to 25 countries and all continents to find out more about the ways in which different nations are seeking to respond. From Project Moses, where gigantic underwater gates will rise to prevent the inundation of Venice, to India's River Link Plan, connecting 37 Himalayan rivers to major rivers in the south, the author examines the world’s largest engineering projects, travels the great river valleys, visits ‘the largest ocean under the Earth’, and major cities of the world, to explore water’s determining role in the life of the planet. The most comprehensive and accessible account of global water issues to date.
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Water in Environmental Planning

Author: Thomas Dunne,Luna B. Leopold

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780716700791

Category: Science

Page: 818

View: 8082

A classic advanced undergraduate/graduate level text showing how knowledge of hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and river quality are used in environmental planning. The focus is on maintenance or reclamation of environmental quality, with the text, examples, and exercises emphasizing early identification of problems and address nonstructural solutions
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Totem Salmon

Life Lessons from Another Species

Author: Freeman House

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807085493

Category: Nature

Page: 248

View: 3331

Part lyrical true-life adventure, part social and philosophical manifesto, TOTEM SALMON tells of a watershed community that worked for two decades to save one of the last purely native stocks of salmon in California.
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The State of California Rivers

Author: Elise Holland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Water resources development

Page: 118

View: 2821

Posted in Water resources development

Introduction to Hydrology

Author: Warren Viessman,Gary L. Lewis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780132763608

Category: Hydrology

Page: 612

View: 912

This work focuses on presenting the principles of hydrology in the context of their application to real-world problems. It will be useful to students involved in programs that are concerned with the development, management and protection of water resources.
Posted in Hydrology

The San Joaquin River Conservancy

An Application of the California Conservancy Model to River Corridor Planning

Author: Ian Simon Moore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Parkways

Page: 254

View: 9930

Posted in Parkways

Environmental Hydrology, Third Edition

Author: Andy D. Ward,Stanley W. Trimble,Suzette R. Burckhard,John G. Lyon

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466589442

Category: Science

Page: 663

View: 378

The late Professor Reds Wolman in his Foreword to the award-winning second edition said, "This is not your ordinary textbook. Environmental Hydrology is indeed a textbook, but five elements often found separately combine here in one text to make it different. It is eclectic, practical, in places a handbook, a guide to fieldwork, engagingly personal and occasionally opinionated. ... and, perhaps most engaging to me, in places the authors offer personal views as well as more strongly worded opinions. The former often relate to evaluation of alternative approaches, or formulations, of specific solutions to specific hydrologic problems." The first and second editions were bestsellers and the third promises to educate people new to the field of hydrology and challenge professionals alike, with insightful solutions to classical problems as well as trendsetting approaches important to the evolving genre. The third edition enhances materials in the second edition and has expanded information on many topics, in particular, evapotranspiration, soil erosion, two-stage ditch design and applications, and stream processes. What’s New in the Third Edition: Presents new sections on rock structures in streams, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, and agricultural practices to reduce nutrient discharges into water resources Enhances the format to aid the reader in finding tables, figures, and equations Contains more than 370 figures, 120 tables, 260 equations, 100 worked examples, 160 problems, and more than 1000 references Collectively, the authors have more than 130 years of international experience and the addition of John Lyon and Suzette Burckhard as co-authors expands the breadth of knowledge presented in this book. More than 60 scientists and engineers in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States provided assistance to round out the offerings and ensure applicability to hydrology worldwide.
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Changing Rivers and Streams

The Effects of Anthropogenic Alteration of Riparian Systems on Mimulus Guttatus

Author: Bret D. Elderd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Dams

Page: 248

View: 7552

Posted in Dams

River Ecology and Management

Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion

Author: Robert J. Naiman

Publisher: Springer Verlag

ISBN: 9780387983233

Category: Science

Page: 705

View: 8077

Touching all parts of the natural environment and nearly all aspects of human culture, streams and rivers act as centers of organization within landscapes. They provide natural resources such as fish and clean water, transportation, energy, diffusion of wastes, and recreation. Today, with unprecedented demands on streams and rivers by an exponentially increasing human population, a basic ecological understanding of the structure and dynamics of running waters is essential for formulating sound management and policy decisions. The vast Pacific coastal ecoregion of the United States contains an extraordinary array of physical settings and examples of the range of dynamics associated with rivers and their management. The interface between the science and policy of natural resource management is illustrated by examples from this ecoregion, including the protection of riparian forest, the marbled murrelet, salmon, and amphibians. River Ecology and Management: Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion includes sections on the Physical Environment, the Biotic Environment, Ecosystem Processes, Management, and Recommendations for the Future. Specific topics include channel dynamics, hydrology, water quality, microbial processes, primary production, fish and wildlife, riparian forest dynamics, organic matter and trophic dynamics, biogeochemical cycling, maintaining biodiversity, monitoring and assessment, economic perspectives, legal considerations, and the role of non-governmental organizations in river management. "The wealth of science and literature in the book renders it a useful summary and reference for aquatic and watershed researchers, and most of the concepts and applications extend beyond the ecoregionA.The lessons to be learned from the history, conceptual paradigms, research findings, and management approaches presented in this book are many and varied." --Ecology
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Rivers of America

Author: Tim Palmer

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 223

View: 7011

Captures the natural wonders of America's waterways with nearly two hundred photographs, in a collection that includes essays on the vital environmental role of rivers in human life.
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Annual Editions

Geology

Author: Doug Sherman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780070393967

Category: Geology

Page: 240

View: 7129

This reader of public press articles addresses the current state of Earth and the changes it faces; world populations and hunger; present and future needs and problems; endangered species; natural resources; and pollution.
Posted in Geology

Natural Disasters

Floods : a Reference Handbook

Author: Eugene Willard Miller,Ruby M. Miller

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 286

View: 933

A thorough overview of the phenomenon of flooding, including frequency, damage, and information about organizations that help flood victims.
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Recent Flooding in California

Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, March 19, 1997

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Emergency management

Page: 321

View: 5780

Posted in Emergency management