August 19, 2008
Land Use Effects on Streamflow and Water Quality in the Northeastern United States
By Eddy, Stephen
Land Use Effects on Streamflow and Water Quality in the Northeastern United States. Avril L. de la Cretaz and Paul K. Barten. 2007. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 319 pp. $139.95, hardcover. ISBN 0849391873. This text is designed to be a desk reference on issues of watershed management for a target audience of watershed and forestry managers, scientists, legislators, planners, engineers, and students. The first part of the text covers the fundamental science underlying watershed management, with chapters on the relationship between upland activities and water quality, hydrologic processes, water chemistry and pollutants, how aquatic organisms are used to assess stream health, and the structure and function of riparian zones. The text then builds on this scientific knowledge, using published case studies to examine the effects of specific land uses on watershed health. A valuable and much needed synthesis of how landuse policy affects watersheds. S.E.
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