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Chasing Water

A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability

Richter, Brian

2014, XVI, 176 p.


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  • An accessibly written, user-friendly primer on water scarcity around the globe by a leader in river science conservation who has spent more than two decades promoting sustainable water use and management and advising some of the world’s largest corporations and investment banks on water issues
  • An honest look at how wasteful use and mismanagement of water by humans are causing water scarcity, but tempered by the good news that affordable solutions are readily available and can be implemented on a local scale by citizens committed to sensible water planning and management

Water scarcity is spreading and intensifying in many regions of the world, with dire consequences for local communities, economies, and freshwater ecosystems. Current approaches tend to rely on policies crafted at the state or national level, which on their own have proved insufficient to arrest water scarcity. To be durable and effective, water plans must be informed by the culture, economics, and varied needs of affected community members.

International water expert Brian Richter argues that sustainable water sharing in the twenty-first century can only happen through open, democratic dialogue and local collective action. In Chasing Water, Richter tells a cohesive and complete story of water scarcity: where it is happening, what is causing it, and how it can be addressed. Through his engaging and nontechnical style, he strips away the complexities of water management to its bare essentials, providing information and practical examples that will empower community leaders, activists, and students to develop successful and long-lasting water programs.

Chasing Water will provide local stakeholders with the tools and knowledge they need to take an active role in the watershed-based planning and implementation that are essential for water supplies to remain sustainable in perpetuity.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Freshwater ecosystems - Sustainability - Water management - Water shortage

Related subjects » Aquatic Sciences - Ecology - Pollution and Remediation - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 

Chapter One: Running Out of Water

Chapter Two: Taking Stock of Our Water Budgets

Chapter Three: Options for Resolving Water Bankruptcy

Chapter Four: Who Is Responsible for Water?

Chapter Five: Seven Principles for Sustainability

Chapter Six: Bringing Power to the People

Chapter Seven: How to Survive a Water Crisis: Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

Chapter Eight: Chasing Hope



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