Balancing Water Allocation and Water Quality: The Model State Water Codeby Ken C. Hall, CH2M HILL, Atlanta, United States,
Abstract: The Model State Water Code (hereafter called the 'Code') currently being developed by an ASCE task committee is intended to provide a source of legal norms of water allocation for use by legislators and their staffs. The Code will be available for use to improve select portions of existing State water allocation codes or to form the basis for more complete revisions of codes. Considerable effort was expended in developing the commentaries for each provision to provide legislative staffs with a valuable resource in understanding and implementing portions of the Code. Many difficult legal, public involvement, technical, and regional issues have been (and continue to be) addressed in developing the Code. However, the most difficult, contentious, and regionally divisive issue addressed involves the balancing of water allocations with water quality concerns.
Subject Headings: Water quality | Standards and codes | Water policy | Water supply systems | Hydrologic models | Legislation | Legal affairs
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