Groundwater is becoming increasingly scarce while the demand for water continues to grow at a global scale. Understanding groundwater resources and their sustainable management is imperative for the future of groundwater use, conservation, and protection. This revised and updated volume, focused on sustainability, covers the economic values of groundwater production and use, including: micro- and macro-economic factors, economic evaluation tools, climate change, boundary issues, and policy evaluation. It explores numerous applications and describes ways to evaluate the economics of groundwater use in the context of the larger ecosystem and the natural capital it provides.
Specific to this volume:
- Includes a new important chapter on groundwater sustainability management
- Addresses new case studies of groundwater use that are applicable at the international level
- Provides the foundation for policy, program, and project analysis for all major uses of groundwater
- Presents a range of approaches and factors for the evaluation of the economics of project proposals for future groundwater use in relation to the ecosystem and its sustainability
- Gives a new perspective on users’ competition for the subsurface environment
This first volume in the two-volume set Groundwater Economics, is a must-have for any professional or student who needs to understand and evaluate water resources and manage their use from a variety of sustainable approaches.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to the Economics of Groundwater. Groundwater in the Ecosystem. Groundwater in the Economy. Groundwater Law. Microeconomics and Groundwater Markets. Groundwater Access and Supply: Wells, Aquifer Recharge, and Natural Infrastructure. Groundwater Quality Treatment and Waste Disposal. Groundwater Consumption for Health and Food. Mineral Extraction, Geothermal Exchange and Manufacturing. Competing Uses and Value of Groundwater and the Subsurface Environment. Sustainable Development Concepts. Sustainable Groundwater Resources Management
Charles Job currently serves as Regulatory Affairs Manager for the National Ground Water Association and also addresses groundwater resource sustainability. He previously worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 29 years, having served as Supervisory Hydrologist in the Groundwater Protection Program beginning in 1989 and from 2000-2015 as the Drinking Water Infrastructure Branch chief. At the Agency, Chuck worked with states to utilize a backlog of over $2 billion in infrastructure financial assistance and also led critical work in standards and risk management, underground injection control, regulatory coordination, and information collection. During part of his Agency tenure, Chuck worked in EPA Region V-Chicago in groundwater protection and water quality standards planning. Previously, Chuck worked as a planner for Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Basin Commission and as a financial analyst for Fortune 500 companies. He also was a charter participant in the recent development of the National Ground Water Monitoring Network, a multi-agency-private sector data sharing project. Chuck earned master’s degrees in Environmental Science (Miami University) and Applied Economics (University of Michigan). He holds credentials as a sustainability professional with both the US Green Building Council and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.