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Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources

by Karen Schneller-McDonald Comstock Publishing As
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The need for improved water resource protection, beginning with grassroots action, is urgent. The water we use depends on networks of wetlands, streams, and watersheds. Land-use activities, however, are changing these natural systems. Often these changes result in ecological damage, flooding, water pollution, and reduced water supply. We need a healthy environment that sustains our personal and community health; we also need vibrant and sustainable economic development that does not destroy the benefits we derive from nature. Our ability to accomplish both depends on how well we can "connect the drops."

In this book, Karen Schneller-McDonald presents the basics of water resource protection: ecology and watershed science; techniques for evaluating environmental impacts; obstacles to protection and how to overcome them; and tips for protection strategies that maximize chances for success. Schneller-McDonald makes clear the important connections among natural cycles, watersheds, and ecosystems; the benefits they provide; and how specific development activities affect water quality and supply.

The methods described in Connecting the Drops have broad application in diverse geographic locations. The environmental details may differ, but the methods are the same. For water resource managers and concerned citizens alike, Connecting the Drops helps readers interpret scientific information and contextualize news media reports and industry ads—ultimately offering “how to” guidance for developing resource protection strategies.

IntroductionPart I. Headwaters: Understanding Natural Water Systems1. Natural Water Systems and Their Benefits2. Picturing Environmental Features and SystemsPart II. Wading Deeper: Identifying and Describing Impacts3. How Land-Use Activities Affect Water4. Measuring the Impacts5. Energy Development and WaterPart III. Charting a Course: Working toward Protection6. Weighing Significant Impacts, True Costs, and Mitigation7. Overcoming Obstacles to Water Protection8. Strategies for ActionConclusion: Stars in the WaterAppendix: Stream and Wetland ChecklistsNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

'Clean water is a basic need. Understanding the influence of land use activities on our water resources is critical to supporting the practices and policies that protect them. Connecting the Drops offers down-to-earth guidance that will help individuals and communities recognize stewardship opportunities and act.'aMark Ruffalo, founder, Water Defense 'Connecting the Drops offers both knowledge and hope; it is an essential guide to action and overcoming the global water crisis.'aRichard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
Karen Schneller-McDonald is a wetland and water resources specialist. She is the president of Hickory Creek Consulting LLC.