Catchment and River Basin Management
Integrating Science and Governance
Edited by Laurence Smith, Keith Porter, Kevin M. Hiscock, Mary Jane Porter, David Benson
Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages
The central focus of this volume is a critical comparative analysis of the key drivers for water resource management and the provision of clean water – governance systems and institutional and legal arrangements. Catchment and river basin management crucially depend on these drivers. The authors present a systematic analysis of case study river systems drawn from Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, UK and USA. This collective experience and implications are supported by the wider international research literature to provide an integrated global assessment of the scale and key features of catchment management.
A key premise explored is that despite the diversity of jurisdictions and catchments there are commonalities to a successful approach. The authors show that environmental and public health water quality criteria must be integrated with the economic and social goals of those affected, necessitating a 'twin-track' and holistic (cross-sector and discipline) approach of stakeholder engagement and sound scientific research.
A final synthesis presents a set of principles for adaptive catchment management. These principles demonstrate how to integrate the best scientific and technical knowledge with policy, governance and legal provisions. It is shown how decision-making and implementation at the appropriate geographic and governmental scales can resolve conflicts and share best sustainable practices.
Part 1: Overview
1. The Challenge of Protecting Water Resources: An Introduction and the Purposes of this Book
2. Key Questions about Catchment Management
Part 2: Case Studies
3. The Upper Susquehanna River Basin: Headwaters of a National Treasure, the Chesapeake Bay
4. The New York City Watershed Program: A National Paradigm?
5. The Hudson River Watershed, New York State
6. Healthy Waterways, Queensland, Australia
7. Groundwater Protection Programmes in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands
8. The WWF RIPPLE Project (Rivers Involving People, Places and Leading by Example), Ulster, Northern Ireland
9. Opening up Catchment Science: an Experiment in Loweswater, Cumbria, England
Part 3: Lessons for Catchment and River Basin Management
10. Getting Started: Participation, Partnerships and Process
11. Getting Informed: Tools and Approaches for Assessment, Planning and Management
12. Getting Things Done and Getting Results
13. Conclusions and Future Challenges
Laurence Smith is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
Keith Porter is Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School and the former Director of the Water Resources Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York state, USA.
Kevin Hiscock is a Reader in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK and author of a standard textbook on Hydrogeology.
Mary Jane Porter is a consultant in watershed management and was previously at the Water Resources Institute, Cornell University, USA.
David Benson is a lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.