A Water Story - Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future

Author(s): Geoff Beeson

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Freshwater scarcity is a critical challenge, with social, economic, political and environmental consequences. Water crises in Australia have already led to severe restrictions being applied in cities, drought ravaging farmlands, and the near-terminal decline of some rivers and wetlands.

A Water Storyprovides an account of Australian water management practices, set against important historical precedents and the contemporary experience of other countries. It describes the nature and distribution of the country's natural water resources, management of these resources by Indigenous Australians, the development of urban water supply, and support for pastoral activities and agricultural irrigation, with the aid of case studies and anecdotes. This is followed by discussion of the environmental consequences and current challenges of water management, including food supply, energy and climate change, along with options for ensuring sustainable, adequate high-quality water supplies for a growing population.

A Water Storyis an important resource for water professionals and those with an interest in water and the environment and related issues, as well as students and the wider community.


  • A comprehensive and engaging account of water use in Australia, from Ancient Australia to today

  • Examines environmental, social, economic consequences of water management in Australia

  • Includes a variety of case studies showing both our water use successes and blunders, and lessons learned throughout history

  • Explores the critical issues confronting us in the early twenty-first century, and actions needed to safeguard our water future

  • Illustrated throughout with photographs and line drawings including a color plates section


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General Fields

  • : 9781486311293
  • : CSIRO Publishing
  • : CSIRO Publishing
  • : 0.765
  • : February 2020
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : English
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 304
  • : 304
  • : Geoff Beeson
  • : Geoff Beeson