Just Add Water


Reading and Resources


Vol. 8 No. 5
April/May 2006

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Just Add Water
An interdisciplinary experiment

Reading and Resources

"Why do Atlantans not know that there are massive river
systems throughout the state, that a major river runs through the city, that the city dumps all these effluents into it?"

"When the impervious [surface] area rises to 30 percent,
the stream habitat becomes completely degraded. On campus,
we have greater than 50 percent impervious area."

Safe Access
A social watershed

Water as Sacred
Jewish and Christian traditions

The Rarest Element
Despite centuries of research, mysteries of water remain




Achieving Sustainable Freshwater Systems: A Web of Connections by M.M. Holland, E.R. Blood and L.R. Shaffer (Island Press 2003)

Fresh Water by E.C. Pielou (University of Chicago Press 1998)

History of Hydrology by Asit K. Biswas (North-Holland Publishing Company 1970)

Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity by Sandra Postel (W.W. Norton and Company 1997)

Water: A Natural History by Alice Outwater (Perseus Books Group 1996)

Writing on Water
edited by David Rothenberg and Marta Ulvaeus (MIT Press 2001)

Web sites

Designing and Teaching an Indisciplinary Course created by Carolyn Haynes. (Resource manual developed for the “Teaching Outside the Lines” workshop at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute) http://www.interdisciplinary.duke.edu/news/resources/Haynes_Handout.pdf

Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality—Environmental Protection Agency

Water Resources of the United States—U.S. Geological Survey

Metropolitan Atlanta Water Resources—Atlanta Regional Commission

World Water Day, March 22—United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Division of Water Sciences

The 2005 Symposium on Water—Emory’s Program in Science and Society

Photos from Rick Rheingans’s trip to Kenya with the Center for Safe Water in the School of Public Health