WATER AS A RESOURCE AND AS A NUISANCE

THE WATER RESOURCE AND THE EFFECTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES ON THE RESOURCE ARE DISCUSSED. THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: (1) DEVELOPMENTS FOR WATER USE, (2) EXTRACTION OF MINERAL RESOURCES, (3) AGRIGULTURE USE OF LAND, (4) FLOOD PROTECTION AND DRAINAGE AND (5) ROADS AND OTHER MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. IN URBANIZED AREAS, WATER AS A RESOURCE BECOMES INCREASINGLY INADEQUATE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONCENTRATED POPULATION AND INDUSTRY-IT MUST BE IMPORTED FROM OTHER AREAS. WATERS USED NONCONSUMPTIVELY CONTRIBUTE POLLUTANTS TO THE NATURAL WATER RESOURCE, BUT THIS IS ONLY ONE ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF WASTE DISPOSAL IN URBAN AREAS. URBANIZATION CAUSES SOME DRASTIC CHANGES IN THE NATURAL HYDROLOGIC SYSTEM. BUILDINGS AND PAVEMENTS INHIBIT GROUND WATER RECHARGE AND PROMOTE INSTANT RUNOFF FROM STORMS. INCREASED FLOOD PEAKS CAUSE EROSION AND SEDIMENT TRANSPORT,AS DO VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES. /AUTHOR/

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    • Paper sponsored by Department of Economics, Finance and Administration; Department of Urban Transportation Planning; and Department of Soils, Geology and Foundations and presented at the 48th Annual Meeting.
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, Harold E
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 17-28
  • Monograph Title: Planning: Conservation of the Physical Environment
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  • Accession Number: 00240569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 274
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 22 1994 12:00AM