Water Quality Law in Federal Republic of Germany

by Klaus Seifert, Lawyer and Asst. Prof.; Inst. for Water Resource Law, Univ. of Bonn, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany,
T. Clark Lyons, (A.M.ASCE), Company Mgr.; Systems Assocs. GmbH, and Assoc. Engr., Water Resources Engrs., Inc., Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 23-33

Document Type: Journal Paper


The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG or Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is one of the most industrialized countries in the world today with a Gross National Product exceeded only by two other nations (USA and Japan). This industrial base as well as a population of 62,000,000 people is crowded into an area of 248,000 sq km, which is about the size of the State of Oregon. Attendant with this intensive development has been the same water quality problems that plague all heavily industrialized nations. Like other nations with these environmental problems, the FRG has developed a body of laws and administrative procedures that are intended to expedite the nation's effort in environmental enhancement. This paper traces the historical development of legislation and administrative procedures in water quality law, and their practicability. The paper concludes with proposals on both changes in the laws and on the methods which water quality legislation could be implemented and administered in the FRG.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Industries | Water policy | Laws | Federal government | Environmental issues | Legislation | Professional societies | Germany | Europe | United States | Japan | Asia | Oregon

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