Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Water Resources Engineering

Preface: Water Resources Engineering

Effective management of water resources, locally, regionally, and globally, is crucial for human welfare, economic prosperity, and environmental vitality. The profesional field of water resources engineering is concerned with solving problems and meeting needs associated with municipal, industrial, and agricultural water supply and use, water quality in streams and aquifers, erosion and sedimentation, protection of ecosystems and natural resources, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation, stormwater drainage, and flood damage mitigation.

Water resources engineering involves people, natural resources, and constructed facilities. In meeting the water-related needs of society, water resources engineers both:

1. Formulate and implement resource management strategies, and

2. Plan, design, construct, and operate structure and facilities.

Development and management of the natural resource water are essential for human survival and prosperity. Water management is also integrally linked to stewardship of land and environmental resources. The water-related infrastructure of a city, region, or nation includes river regulation structures, wells for pumping groundwater, storage and conveyance facilities, treatment plants, water distribution networks, waste water management systems, flood damage reduction measures, erosion mitigation practices, stormwater drainage systems, bridges, hydroelectric power plants, and various other constructed facilities.

Posted by: JRP