Geology, Contamination, and Sustainable Development
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, and Sustainable Development 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. With a framework rooted in scientific knowledge, the authors demonstrate the benefits of scientifically informed planning and decision making, offering guidelines to improve watershed management practices as well as urban development and redevelopment practices.
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.
Table of Contents
The Watershed Approach. GEOLOGY. Geology of Urban Watersheds. Water and the Hydrogeology of Watersheds. Conducting Subsurface Environmental Investigations in Urban Watersheds. Urban Geologic Mapping Geologic Vulnerability. CONTAMINATION. Common Contaminants in Urban Watersheds. Contaminant Fate and Transport. Metal Contamination in Urban Watersheds. Contaminant Risk Factors. Remediation: Techniques and Cost. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Urbanization and the Disruption of Matter and Energy Flows within Watersheds. Pollution Prevention. Case Studies: Successful and Unsuccessful Redevelopment of Contaminated Sites. Science-Based Landscape Planning in Urban Watersheds. Attaining Sustainable Urban Watersheds. Glossary of Terms. Index.
Martin M. Kaufman is a professor of earth science at the University of Michigan-Flint. He has over 25 years of experience in geographic information systems, hydrologic investigations, and watershed management.
Daniel T. Rogers is currently the director of environmental affairs at Amsted Industries Incorporated. Throughout his career, Rogers has managed and conducted hundreds of geologic and hydrogeologic investigations and remediated and successfully closed industrial sites in the United States and internationally.
Kent S. Murray is a professor of geology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has over 35 years experience in environmental geology, groundwater hydrology, and low-temperature geochemistry.
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