The paradoxical ecology and management of water in the Phoenix, USA metropolitan area

Elisabeth K. Larson, Nancy Grimm, Patricia Gober, Charles Redman

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Abstract

One of the fastest growing cities in the US, the desert city of Phoenix has appropriated significant surface and ground-water resources from regions near and far to support not only basic needs but also various cultural amenities, such as golf courses. Rapid expansion of the metropolitan area has resulted in loss of native ecosystems including desert riparian areas, and creation of new, designed ecosystems that are frequently water-intensive. This article reviews current water resources and management practices, along with resultant ecological impacts. Future legal, socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental challenges to the sustainability of the current lifestyle are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalEcohydrology and Hydrobiology
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Aquatic habitat
  • Arizona
  • Semi-arid ecosystem
  • Sustainability
  • Urban ecology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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