Understanding that the natural world beneath our feet is the point at which civilization meets the natural world is critical to the success of restoration and prevention efforts to reduce contaminant impacts and improve the global environment because of one simple fact – contaminants do not respect country borders. Contaminants often begin their destructive journey immediately after being released and can affect the entire planet if the release is in just the right amount, at just the right location, and at just the right time.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Urban Watersheds, Geology, Contamination, Environmental Regulations, and Sustainability, Second Edition presents more than 30 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 physical and chemical 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.
Features of the Second Edition:
- Examines contaminants and the successes of environmental regulation worldwide and highlights the areas that need improvement
- Describes several advances in investigation techniques in urban regions that now provide a huge leap forward in data collection, resolution, and accuracy
- Explains the importance of understanding the geological and hydrogeologic environments of urban and developed regions
- Provides new and enhanced methods presented as a sustainability model for assessing risks to human health and the environment from negative human-induced contaminant impacts
- Includes a new chapter that surveys how environmental regulations have been successful or have failed at protecting the air, water, and land in urban areas
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.
Daniel T. Rogers is currently the Director of Environmental Affairs at Amsted Industries Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. His writings address environmental geology, hydrogeology, geologic vulnerability and mapping, contaminant fate and transport, urban geology, environmental site investigations, contaminant risk, brownfield redevelopment, and sustainability. He has taught geology and environmental chemistry at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.
Table of Contents
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.
Daniel T. Rogers is currently Director – Environmental Affairs at Amsted Industries Incorporated in Chicago, Illinois. Amsted Industries is a diversified manufacturing company of industrial components serving primarily railroad, vehicular, and construction and building markets. Amsted Industries has more than 60 manufacturing locations in 15 countries. Mr. Rogers participates in environmental due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures, investigation and remediation of contamination, creating and evaluating environmental compliance and sustainability programs, and providing environmental advice, oversight, training, and negotiation strategies at various levels within the organization. Mr. Rogers has published nearly 100 research papers in professional and academic publications and peer-reviewed journals on subjects including environmental geology, hydrogeology, geologic vulnerability and mapping, contaminant fate and transport, urban geology, environmental site investigations, contaminant risk, brownfield re-development, remediation, pollution prevention, environmental management, and sustainable development. He has co-authored Urban Watersheds: Geology, Contamination and Sustainable Development (2011) and is also the author of Environmental Geology of Metropolitan Detroit (1996) and has published surficial geologic maps of the Rouge River watershed in southeastern Michigan. In addition, he is a contributing author of an encyclopedia of global social concerns. He has taught geology and environmental chemistry at Eastern Michigan University and The University of Michigan and has presented guest lectures at several colleges and universities both in the United States and internationally.