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Water Issues

Earth has vast amounts of water, yet less than one percent of the world's fresh water (estimated .007% of all the water on Earth) is accessible for direct human uses.  This is the water found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and those underground sources that are shallow enouth to be tapped at an affordable cost.  Only this amount is regularly renewed by rain and snowfall, and is therefore available on a sustainable basis.  How should we manage our water supply in light of increasing scarcity and pollution?

As we pollute, divert, pump, and waste our limited supply of fresh water we are causing desertification of the Earth and further scarcity of this precious resource.  Our population increases and industry expands, and the demand for fresh water only grows.  Meanwhile, corporate giants and governments are using water for economic and political gain, setting the stage for battles over water.  The following books and other resources will provide a clearer picture of the variety of important issues involved with the life necessity we so often take for granted.


Subject Headings

  • Water
  • Water use
  • Water resources development
  • Water supply
  • Watersheds
  • Water rights
  • Hydrology

DVDs to borrow

These items are located next to the Circulation Desk.  They are available for borrowing for one week.

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Flow: For the Love of Water
Call Number: HD 1691 .F56 2008
ISBN: 0896602002029

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Call Number: HD 9349 .M542 T36 2010
ISBN: 0826262006396

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Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Call Number: HD 1691 .B58 2009
ISBN: 0793670209

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Poisoned Waters
Call Number: TD 420 .P65 2009
ISBN: 0793670683

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Call Number: SUSTAINABILITY HD 1691 .T57 2004
ISBN: 1594581126
Publication Date: 2004

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Water on the Table
Call Number: SUSTAINABILITY HD 1691 .W384 2010
ISBN: 1594589798
Publication Date: 2010


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