Governments' Role Relative to Public and Political Pressures

by Karl E. Longley, California State Univ, Fresno, United States,
Michael A. Campos, California State Univ, Fresno, United States,
Raymond L. Carlson, California State Univ, Fresno, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People

Abstract: Groundwater quality is a major concern in the United States today. The body of law pertaining to the protection of groundwater quality is generally inadequate for the implementation of comprehensive, effective groundwater quality control programs which leads to conflicting public and political pressures on those charged with maintaining groundwater quality. Nevertheless, institutional entities now exist, such as special act districts in California, which have most if not all of the authority requisite for the implementation of comprehensive groundwater quality management.

Subject Headings: Groundwater quality | Quality control | Public participation | Government | Groundwater management | Water policy | Groundwater pollution | Water pressure | North America | United States

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