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High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater

William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley


Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water for half of the world’s population and is critical for global food security. Simultaneously, groundwater provides enormous environmental benefits by sustaining rivers, lakes, and wetlands, especially during droughts. A growing global population, widespread use of industrial chemicals, and climate change now threaten this vital resource. Groundwater depletion and contamination has spread from isolated areas to many countries throughout the world. Groundwater is shared among many users and effective groundwater governance is hard to achieve. So ... More

Keywords: aquifers, contamination, ecosystems, groundwater, governance, sustainability, water management, water quality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William M Alley, author
National Ground Water Association

Rosemarie Alley, author