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Introduction to Water in California (California Natural History Guides)

Introduction to Water in California (California Natural History Guides) Lowest new price: $15.00
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Author: David Carle

The food each of us consumes per day represents an investment of 4,500 gallons of water, according to the California Farm Bureau. In this densely populated state where it rains only six months out of the year, where does all that water come from? This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods. Along the way, we learn much about California itself as the book describes its rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, the environment, and politics. Essential reading in a state facing the future with an already overextended water supply, this fascinating book shows that, for all Californians, every drop counts. A new preface on recent water issues brings the book up to the minute.

* Features 130 color photographs and 26 color maps

* Includes a table, "Where Does Your Water Come From?," that answers the question for 315 California cities and towns

* Provides up-to-date information on water quality in California, covering such timely topics as Giardia, groundwater contamination, fluoride, and the bottled-water phenomenon

A book in the Californians and Their Environment subseries, dedicated to understanding human influences on the state's ecology and natural resources

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North Carolina Waterfalls: A Hiking and Photography Guide

North Carolina Waterfalls: A Hiking and Photography Guide Lowest new price: $11.69
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Author: Kevin Adams
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Since its original publication in 1994, North Carolina Waterfalls has been the most comprehensive guide available to one of the prime natural features of the Tar Heel State. This new edition includes over 600 waterfalls, with detailed directions and trail and beauty ratings for the major waterfalls on public land. For the first time, waterfalls located on private land will be listed, although directions won't be provided.

Visitors to western North Carolina are often surprised at the spectacular variety of waterfalls tucked among the Appalachians all the way from Murphy in the southwest to Stone Mountain in the northeast, and surprisingly, even in eastern locations such as Fayetteville and Rocky Mount. This guide features over 100 color and black-and-white photographs showing those waterfalls at their absolute best. Its special section about photographing waterfalls in general, as well as specific hints for photographing each individual waterfall, will help readers create memorable images of their own.

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Water Distribution Operator Training Handbook

Water Distribution Operator Training Handbook Lowest new price: $81.56
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This updated edition will continue to be the best-selling operator training book for reference and certification study. Chapters cover water resources and production,

storage, distribution, chlorine handling, utility safety, system hydraulics,

pipe types, installation, maintenance, meters, pumps, motors, public relations, and overall system operations. Replaces ISBN 1-58321-014-8

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Pumping Station Design, 3rd Edition

Pumping Station Design, 3rd Edition Lowest new price: $265.97
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Author: Garr M. Jones PE DEE

This award-winning book is written for a variety of professionals: the expert and the beginner in the design office, members of a design team, the city engineer or chief engineer of a water or sewerage authority (or their subordinates) who may review plans and specifications, and manufacturers and their representatives who should know how their equipment will be used in practice.

The depth of experience and expertise of the authors, contributors, and peers reviewing the content is unparalled.

Pumping Station Design, Third Edition is essential for professionals who will apply the fundamentals of various disciplines and subjects in order to produce a well-integrated pumping station which will be reliable, easy to operate and maintain, and free from design mistakes.

Inappropriate design can be costly and there simply is no excuse for not taking expert advice from the pages of this book.

* Includes contributions from over two hundred leading experts

* Fully-integrated, essential reference for all those involved in the building and design of pumping stations.

* Updates include extensive references to Hydraulic Institute Standards, the latest design information, and the use of computers for pump selection.

Product Description
Pumping Station Design, 3rd edition is an essential reference for all professionals. From the expert city engineer to the new design officer, this book assists those who need to apply the fundamentals of various disciplines and subjects in order to produce a well-integrated pumping station which is reliable, easy to operate and maintain, and free from design mistakes. The depth of experience and expertise of the authors, contributors, and peers reviewing the content, as well as the breadth of information, is unparalleled--making this the only book of its kind.

* An award-winning reference work that has become the standard in the field

* 60% of the material has been updated to reflect current standards and changes in practice since the book was last published in 1998

* New material added to this edition includes: the latest design information, the use of computers for pump selection, extensive references to Hydraulic Institute Standards, and much more.


A Sample Table Inside Pumping Station Design, 3rd Edition:

Specialties and Disciplines in the Design of Pumping Stations

Specialty Approximage percentage of design costs

Planning and water resources management 5-15
Surveying 0.5-1
Foundation and soils engineering 2-10
Hydraulic engineering 5-15
Analysis for transients 0-2
Structural engineering 20-35
Civil and mechanical engineering 15-40
Electrical engineering 10-30
Instrumentation engineering 2-5
Architecture 0.5-2
Specifications and contract administration 5-10
Construction engineering 15-50
Start-up, operations, and checkout 5-20

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Water and Wastewater Engineering

Water and Wastewater Engineering Lowest new price: $103.10
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Author: Mackenzie Davis

An In-Depth Guide to Water and Wastewater Engineering

This authoritative volume offers comprehensive coverage of the design and construction of municipal water and wastewater facilities. The book addresses water treatment in detail, following the flow of water through the unit processes and coagulation, flocculation, softening, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, and residuals management. Each stage of wastewater treatment--preliminary, secondary, and tertiary--is examined along with residuals management.

Water and Wastewater Engineering contains more than 100 example problems, 500 end-of-chapter problems, and 300 illustrations. Safety issues and operation and maintenance procedures are also discussed in this definitive resource.

Coverage includes:

  • Intake structures and wells
  • Chemical handling and storage
  • Coagulation and flocculation
  • Lime-soda and ion exchange softening
  • Reverse osmosis and nanofiltration
  • Sedimentation
  • Granular and membrane filtration
  • Disinfection and fluoridation
  • Removal of specific constituents
  • Drinking water plant residuals management, process selection, and integration
  • Storage and distribution systems
  • Wastewater collection and treatment design considerations
  • Sanitary sewer design
  • Headworks and preliminary treatment
  • Primary treatment
  • Wastewater microbiology
  • Secondary treatment by suspended and attached growth biological processes
  • Secondary settling, disinfection, and postaeration
  • Tertiary treatment
  • Wastewater plant residuals management
  • Clean water plant process selection and integration

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The Great Thirst: Californians and Water-A History, Revised Edition

The Great Thirst: Californians and Water-A History, Revised Edition Lowest new price: $24.99
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Author: Norris Hundley
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The story of "the great thirst" is brought up to date in this revised edition of Norris Hundley's outstanding history, with additional photographs and incisive descriptions of the major water-policy issues facing California now: accelerating urbanization of farmland and open spaces, persisting despoliation of water supplies, and demands for equity in water allocation for an exploding population. People the world over confront these problems, and Hundley examines them with clarity and eloquence in the unruly laboratory of California.

The obsession with water has shaped California to a remarkable extent, literally as well as politically and culturally. Hundley tells how aboriginal Americans and then early Spanish and Mexican immigrants contrived to use and share the available water and how American settlers, arriving in ever-increasing numbers after the Gold Rush, transformed California into the home of the nation's preeminent water seekers. The desire to use, profit from, manipulate, and control water drives the people and events in this fascinating narrative until, by the end of the twentieth century, a large, colorful cast of characters and communities has wheeled and dealed, built, diverted, and connived its way to an entirely different statewide waterscape.

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Water Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Certification Exams

Water Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Certification Exams Lowest new price: $82.80
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Author: John Giorgi

This updated study guide follows the new requirements established by the American Board of Certification. It is organized by certification levels I, II, III, and IV. Questions are ranked for comprehension, application and analysis. With over 1000 vetted questions, twice as many as in the previous edition, operators get practice with questions similar to the exam. Answers are provided. Math and chemistry answers include the steps to solve the problems.

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Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit Lowest new price: $7.00
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Author: Vandana Shiva

While draught and desertification are intensifying around the world, corporations are aggressively converting free-flowing water into bottled profits. The water wars of the twenty-first century may match—or even surpass—the oil wars of the twentieth. In Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit, Vandana Shiva, "the world's most prominent radical scientist" (the Guardian), shines a light on activists who are fighting corporate maneuvers to convert this life-sustaining resource into more gold for the elites.

In Water Wars, Shiva uses her remarkable knowledge of science and society to outline the emergence of corporate culture and the historical erosion of communal water rights. Using the international water trade and industrial activities such as damming, mining, and aquafarming as her lens, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of rights to a precious common good.

In her passionate, feminist style, Shiva celebrates the spiritual and traditional role water has played in communities throughout history, and warns that water privatization threatens cultures and livelihoods worldwide. Shiva calls for a movement to preserve water access for all, and offers a blueprint for global resistance based on examples of successful campaigns.

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). She is author of several books, including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply (South End Press, 2000); Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (South End Press, 1997); and Staying Alive (St. Martin's Press, 1989). Shiva is a leader, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, in the International Forum on Globalization. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.

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Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It

Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It Lowest new price: $12.17
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Author: Robert Glennon

In the middle of the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas casinos use billions of gallons of water for fountains, pirate lagoons, wave machines, and indoor canals. Meanwhile, the town of Orme, Tennessee, must truck in water from Alabama because it has literally run out.
 
Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical. From manufactured snow for tourists in Atlanta to trillions of gallons of water flushed down the toilet each year, Unquenchable reveals the heady extravagances and everyday inefficiencies that are sucking the nation dry.
 
The looming catastrophe remains hidden as government diverts supplies from one area to another to keep water flowing from the tap. But sooner rather than later, the shell game has to end. And when it does, shortages will threaten not only the environment, but every aspect of American life: we face shuttered power plants and jobless workers, decimated fi sheries and contaminated drinking water.
 
We can’t engineer our way out of the problem, either with traditional fixes or zany schemes to tow icebergs from Alaska. In fact, new demands for water, particularly the enormous supply needed for ethanol and energy production, will only worsen the crisis. America must make hard choices—and Glennon’s answers are fittingly provocative. He proposes market-based solutions that value water as both a commodity and a fundamental human right.
 
One truth runs throughout Unquenchable: only when we recognize water’s worth will we begin to conserve it.

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Environmental Consulting Fundamentals: Investigation and Remediation

Environmental Consulting Fundamentals: Investigation and Remediation Lowest new price: $91.61
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Author: Benjamin Alter

Written by an environmental consultant with more than 20 years of experience, and based on a course he taught for 10 years, Environmental Consulting Fundamentals: Investigation and Remediation introduces the basic building blocks of environmental consulting. Rather than formulas and equations, it emphasizes the thought processes that go into designing an environmental study, interpreting the data, and selecting the next step—be it further investigation or remediation.

The book begins with an overview of environmental consulting, the regulatory structures that impact the work, and the underlying science of environmental processes. It then takes you through the steps of subsurface investigations and remediations, from Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments through to remedial actions. This is followed by an outline of ecological risk assessment and mitigation and a chapter on environmental impact assessments, a large subfield in environment consulting.

Moving indoors, the book then covers environmental issues related to buildings, including asbestos, lead-based paint, radon, mold, and indoor air quality. The final chapter describes a typical environmental consulting project, from designing the scope of work to developing a prospective budget and project schedule. Throughout, photographs, illustrations, and examples of environmental problems make the theoretical concepts more concrete.

A primer for those interested in a career in this dynamic, multidisciplinary field, this is also a handy reference for practicing consultants. Combining theory and practical advice, it provides an accessible introduction to the type of projects you may encounter as an environmental consultant.

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