BI 105A Environmental Biology. Professor Jill Nissen Montgomery College Fall 2006. Water: A Limited Resource. Chapter 14. Why study water?. We depend on water for our survival and convenience Drinking Cooking Washing Travel over water Agriculture
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Professor Jill Nissen
The Importance of Water• Describe surface water and groundwater, using the following terms in your descriptions: wetland, runoff, drainage basin, aquifer, and water table.
Water Use and Resource Problems• Describe the role of irrigation in world water consumption.• Define flood plain and explain how humans exacerbate flood damage.• Relate some of the problems caused by overdrawing surface water, aquifer depletion (including saltwater intrusion), and salinization of irrigated soil.
Water Problems in the United States• Relate the background for each of the following U.S. water problems: Mono Lake, the Colorado River Basin, and the Ogallala Aquifer.• Define reclaimed water.
Water Management• Define sustainable water use.• Contrast the benefits and drawbacks of dams and reservoirs.
Water Conservation• Give examples of water conservation by agriculture (including microirrigation), industry, and individual homes and buildings.