Institutional Approaches to Ground Water Managementby Ralph E. Waddington, MK-Ferguson Co, United States,
Abstract: The nature of ground water has made the management of it difficult. Lack of understanding regarding the interrelationship of ground and surface waters has sometimes resulted in unworkable statutes and unwieldy regulations. Institutional management of ground water began with the settlement of disputes by court decisions and progressed to the granting of permits and spacing restriction on wells. It has evolved through the rigors of definitions and classifications of ground water basins and the control of development within these basins. Some of the constraints to successful management of the ground water resource have been political and economic, along with historic misconceptions.
Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Water resources | Resource management | Soil settlement | Basins | Surface water | Dispute resolution
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