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Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management, and Policy Paperback – Jun 14 2004

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"...clearly explains the complexity of water resources in a highly engaging and thorough manner..."(Water Resources Development, Vol.19, No.1, 2003) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A comprehensive look at our most precious resource

With its broad coverage of the history of water availability and use, as well as government development, management, and policy of water usage, Thomas Cech’s Principles of Water Resources, Second Edition is ideal for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Throughout the text, interesting sidebars, policy issues, and closer looks at past and present examples of water use bring the material to life.

Now updated and revised, this Second Edition features a new chapter on the economics of water, revised maps and photos, a new boxed feature titled Our Environment, a new guest essay on desalination by Dr. Fares Howari of United Arab Emirates University, and more.


  • Rich in content
  • Comprehensive in scope
  • Straightforward, engaging style
  • Case studies
  • Attractive photos and maps
  • Numerous sidebar discussions
  • International perspective
  • Extensive definitions
  • Discussion questions
  • Chapter-by-chapter glossary
  • Internet links
  • Multidisciplinary approach

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  • Sample exams
  • Student research papers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Poor printing quality, but overall a good reference book. Oct. 1 2008
By Bon Jovi Fan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a watershed management class. It is a very informative and interesting read so far. I have divided my review into the good, bad and ugly:

The good: It appears to be a good reference book for future use outside the classroom. There are 'policy issue' sections, case studies, 'closer look' sections, and guest essays that all contribute to real world examples as related to the material in the book. The two-column format is easy to read. There are several suggested readings, videos, and websites for each chapter, not just one or two.

The bad: All pictures and maps are in black and white. Color maps and pictures would be nice.

The ugly: The printing quality is not what I would expect of a $100+ textbook. It looks like it is draft quality printing. The entire book is in black and white. The only color is on the front cover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Boring but Required Sept. 21 2011
By NoSnsLeft - Published on
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I wouldn't suggest this text book for any light reading. It's informative enough but I couldn't believe a book about water could be so dry (ha!). Unfortunately, it's required for my class so I don't have any choice in the matter, but it's quite impossible to read. At least it isn't ridiculously heavy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Overview to Water Resource Engineering Jan. 22 2009
By Katie Young - Published on
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This book gives a fantastic overview of water resources and how they came to be. I have used this book as a student, teacher and consultant reference. It definitely fills a void in current literature. I also agree with the Bon Jovi review regarding content and layout - fantastic!
Solid book for an elective class, actually interesting Dec 3 2013
By Michael J. Mora - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was required for an elective class I took on water resources. Honestly, I was pretty skeptical buying a book for an elective since books in general are pretty expensive and add up quickly. Luckily this one wasn't anywhere near as expensive as say a calculus or physics book.

In my class we used this book sparingly. We'd have a reading assignment about every other week from this book. In my opinion it was a pretty interesting read and it definitely brought up some good discussion within our class. I must say I was pleasantly surprised being as water resources didn't seem like the most interesting topic to me. All in all, I learned a good amount from this book that I still recall to this day.
Required Reading July 30 2013
By Don Mitchell - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is required for a class that I am taking thru Colo State University, Its a very good book and have found it to be very comprehensive