• Environmental sustainability assessment is a rapidly growing
    field where measures of sustainability are used within an
    assessment framework to evaluate and compare alternative
    actions. Here we argue for the importance of evaluating
    environmental sustainability of water at the watershed scale. We
    review existing frameworks in brief before reviewing watershedrelevant
    measures in more detail. While existing measures are
    diverse, overlapping, and interdependent, certain attributes that
    are important for watersheds are poorly represented, including
    spatial explicitness and the effect of natural watershed
    components, such as rivers. Most studies focus on one or a
    few measures, but a complete assessment will require use of
    many existing measures, as well as, perhaps, new ones.
    Increased awareness of the broad dimensions of environmental
    sustainability as applied to water management should
    encourage integration of existing approaches into a unified
    assessment framework appropriate for watersheds.

  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program, Charles Edward Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech



    Copyright: | Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 8083−8090. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

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