Legal Problems in Water Pollution Control

by Dwight F. Metzler, (F.ASCE), Deputy Commissioner; New York State Dept. of Envir. Conservation, Albany, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 1, Pg. 221-227

Document Type: Journal Paper


The history of enforcement legislation and practices in New York are traced and problem areas defined in respect to federal-state relations with the following major conclusions drawn: (1) standards for surface and ground water provide a sound basis for a water pollution control program; (2) enforcement programs should be aimed at strengthening regional solutions where these have shown to be feasible through comprehensive planning; (3) water pollution laws should be expanded and interpreted through rules and regulations adopted by a Board or Commission representing various parts of society which use water; (4) a well-managed permit system is essential and should be supported by a monitoring program; (5) the control of runoff from farm land and mining areas is not amenable to the same approach as for point sources.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Groundwater pollution | Water policy | Soil pollution | Legal affairs | Point source pollution | History | Legislation

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