Natural and Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies : Lessons from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management

Edited by Alcott, Emily; Edited by Ashton, Mark S.; Edited by Gentry, Bradford S.

Illuminating opportunities to develop a more integrated approach to municipal water system design, Natural and Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies: Lessons from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management explores critical factors in the decision-making processes for municipal water system delivery. The book offers vital insights to help inform management decisions on drinking water supply issues in other global regions in our increasingly energy- and carbon-constrained world. The study evaluates how six cities in the northeastern United States have made environmental, economic, and social decisions and adopted programs to protect and manage upland forests to produce clean drinking water throughout their long histories. New York, New York; Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts; New Haven and Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Portland, Maine have each managed city watersheds under different state regulations, planning and development incentives, biophysical constraints, social histories, and ownerships. Some of the overarching questions the book addresses relate to how managers should optimize the investments in their drinking water systems. What is the balance between the use of concrete/steel treatment plants (gray infrastructure) and forested/grassland/wetland areas (green infrastructure) to protect surface water quality? The case studies compare how engineered and/or natural systems are employed to protect water quality. The conclusions drawn establish that it makes environmental, economic, and social sense to protect and manage upland forests to produce water as a downstream service. Such stewardship is far more preferable than developing land and using engineering, technology, and artificial filtration as a solution to maintaining clean drinking water. Lessons learned from this insightful study provide effective recommendations for managers and policymakers that reflect the scientific realities of how forests and engineering can be best integrated into effective watershed management programs and under what circumstances.

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[目次]

  • Gray to Green: An Introduction to Four Case Studies on Drinking Water Supply in the Northeastern United States
  • Caitlin Alcott, Emily Alcott, Mark S. Ashton, and Bradford S. Gentry Executive Summary Introduction: Defining the Issue National Trends The Northeastern United States Description of the Case Studies An Assessment of Drinking Water Systems in Connecticut: Optimizing Natural and Engineered Systems for Protecting the Quality of Surface Drinking Waters
  • Michael Blazewicz, Lisa Hummon, Claire Jahns, and Tien Shiao Executive Summary Introduction History and Current Status of Drinking Water Supply Systems in Connecticut The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority The History of Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut Current Legal Efforts to Address Water Supply Challenges in Connecticut Current Land Management Efforts to Address Water Supply Challenges in Connecticut Future Challenges Recommendations Source Water Protection in Massachusetts: Lessons from and Opportunities for Worcester and Boston
  • Emily Alcott, Peter Caligiuri, Jennifer Hoyle, and Nathan Karres History and Current Status of Drinking Water Supply in Massachusetts Statewide Challenges: Trends Facing Water Utilities Land Use Policy, Monitoring, and Asset Management Comprehensive Approach to Drinking Water Supply Management Summary Trends, Recommendations, and Conclusions New York City Watershed Management: Past, Present, and Future
  • Justin Freiberg, Xiaoting Hou, Jason Nerenberg, Fauna Samuel, and Erin Derrington History of New York City Watershed Current Profile of the New York City Watershed Future Threats and Suggested Actions Future Decision-Making Outlook Summary Trends and Recommendations The Crooked River Watershed, Sebago Lake, and the Drinking Water Supply for the City of Portland, Maine
  • Jenn Hoyle Water Supply Protection and the Portland Water District Watershed Control Program of the Portland Water District Water Supply Trends and the Value of Watershed Protection Development Pressures on Watershed Lands Potential Payments for Watershed Services Programs for the Portland Water District Summary Recommendations and Conclusions Comparing Drinking Water Systems in the New England/New York Region: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future
  • Caitlin Alcott, Emily Alcott, Mark S. Ashton, and Bradford S. Gentry Executive Summary Introduction Surface Watersheds of New England and New York: Green and Gray Infrastructure Cross-Cutting Themes for the Drinking Water Utilities Recommendations Future Research and Conclusions Global Relevance of Lessons Learned in Watershed Management and Drinking Water Treatment from the Northeastern United States
  • Alex Barrett and Mark S. Ashton Methods Biophysical Considerations and Constraints Forest History, Land Use, and Infrastructure Development Human Institutions: Legal, Social, Governmental and Regulatory Global Applications of the Lessons Learned Quabbin and Dahuofang Reservoirs: Example of a Comparative Analysis Index

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書名 Natural and Engineered Solutions for Drinking Water Supplies : Lessons from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management
著作者等 Ashton, Mark S.
Gentry, Bradford S.
Alcott, Emily
書名別名 Lessons from the Northeastern United States and Directions for Global Watershed Management
出版元 Taylor & Francis Inc
刊行年月 2013.04.15
ページ数 303p
ISBN 9781466551657
言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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