536 pages | 20 Color Illus. | 333 B/W Illus.
With the continuing increase in population, more people are sharing the finite resources of the urban watershed, resulting in new and increasingly complex interactions between humans and the environment. Environmental contamination is a chronic problem—and an expensive one. In urban areas, water and soil contamination poses a threat to public health and has implications for future development. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Urban Watersheds, Geology, Contamination, Environmental Regulations, and Sustainability, Second Edition offers a framework for those working to improve the urban environment and create sustainable urban watersheds.
The book presents over 20 years of research and professional practice on urban watersheds from the fields of environmental geology, geochemistry, risk analysis, hydrology, and urban planning. The geological characteristics of urbanized watersheds along with the properties of their common contaminants are integrated to assess risk factors for soil, groundwater, and air. This new edition continues to examine the urban environment and the geology beneath urban areas, evaluates the contamination that affects watersheds in urban regions, and addresses redevelopment strategies. It also adds new international case studies and a description of several new advances in investigation techniques in urban regions that provide a huge leap forward in data collection, resolution, and accuracy.
Features of the Second Edition:
Suitable for use as a textbook and as a professional practice reference, the book includes case studies on successful and unsuccessful approaches to contaminant remediation as well as practical methods for environmental risk assessment. PowerPoint® presentations of selected portions of the book are available with qualifying course adoption.
Introduction to Urban Watersheds. Geology of Urban Areas. Water and the Hydrogeology of Urban Areas. Conducting Subsurface Environmental Investigations in Urban Areas. Geologic Vulnerability. Common Contaminants in Urban Watersheds. Contaminant Fate and Transport. Heavy Metal Contamination in Urban Watersheds. Contaminant Risk Factors. Remediation: Techniques and Cost. Urbanization and the Disruption of Matter and Energy Flows in Urban Watersheds. Pollution Prevention and Sustainability. Success and Failure of Environmental Regulations in Urban. Case Studies. Science-Based Landscape Planning in Urban Regions. A Model for Attaining Sustainable Urban Regions.