Water

1,050- to 1,400-word paper that identifies the effects that people have on the hydrological cycle and the consequences of these effects. In the paper, include the following:

  • Describe the water cycle, including sources of usable freshwater and renewal times for rivers, lakes, and ground water.
  • Explain how wetland destruction and creation of impervious surfaces through urban development affect the water cycle and contribute to flooding.
  • Explain some pros and cons to using levees for flood control and whether it is in the best interest of communities to rely of levees to prevent flooding.
  • Explain how dams influence the hydrologic cycle and whether they are viable option for long-term flood control, water supplies, or power generation.
  • Explain three issues associated with irrigation, including whether current rates of aquifer use are sustainable.

Include at least three references in addition to the text, formatted consistent with APA guidelines.