Certain to stand among the reference books of choice for anyone interested in the continent's aquatic ecosystems, Freshwater Fishes of North America covers the ecology, morphology, reproduction, distribution, behavior, taxonomy, conservation, and fossil record of each North American fish family.
The North American freshwater fish fauna is the most diverse and thoroughly researched temperate fish fauna in the world. Ecology of North American Freshwater Fishes provides readers with a broad understanding of why specific species and assemblages occur in particular places. Additionally, the text explores how individuals and species interact with each other and with their environments, how such interactions have been altered by anthropogenic impacts, and the relative success of efforts to restore damaged ecosystems. This book is designed for use in courses related to aquatic and fish ecology, fish biology, ichthyology, and related advanced ecology and conservation courses, and is divided into five sections for ease of use.
In an era of dwindling resources, water is poised to become the new oil. The entire world now faces the reality of a decreasing supply of clean water. To avert a devastating shortage, we must not only look at alternate water sources for existing structures but must plan our new developments differently. Design for Water is an accessible and clearly written guide to alternate water collection, with a focus on rainwater harvesting in the urban environment.
Ensuring safe and plentiful supplies of potable water (both now and for future generations) and developing sustainable treatment processes for wastewater are among the world's greatest engineering challenges. However, sustainability requires investment of money, time and knowledge. Some parts of the world are already working towards this goal but many nations have neither the political will nor the resources to tackle even basic provision and sanitation.
Waste discharges from municipal sewage treatment plants into rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters are a significant source of water quality problems throughout the country. States report that municipal discharges are the second leading source of water quality impairment in all of the nation's waters.
Citizen Scientists is a volunteer, not-for-profit group that focuses on ecological monitoring, environmental training and education. Since establishment in 2001, we have been monitoring stream health at various sites throughout the Rouge River watershed in Toronto and the GTA (from website).
The Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) was established as a voluntary not-for-profit organization in 1967 as a collection of individuals from industry, government and academia who were interested in water treatment and pollution control. Since that time, the organization has evolved to include engineers, scientists and managers who are directly involved in issues surrounding water quality (from website).
At Canadian Water Network, we are driving Canada’s progress on three core water management challenges: protecting public health, protecting watersheds and ecosystems, and ensuring sustainable water infrastructure (from website).
The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is a multi-agency initiative, led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).
Also, learn about the Stormwater Assessment Monitoring and Performance (SWAMP) program. SWAMP was initiated in 1995 by the Government of Canada’s Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and the Municipal Engineer’s Association, along with host municipalities and other owner/operators.
Be sure to take a look at their publications on Water Conservation and Conventional Stormwater Management.