Policy Issues in Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution

by William E. Cox, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Attention is first given to the extent of the right of the landowner to generate contaminated runoff. The previously recognized privilege of landowners to make point source waste discharges to the environment has now been sharply curtailed by federal and state pollution control laws, but the privilege continues to receive substantial recognition in the case of nonpoint source pollution. A second policy issue considered is the division of management responsibility among levels of government. Significant differences of opinion continue to exist concerning these policy issues, and many existing institutional arrangements must be viewed as experimental while operational experience continues to accumulate and establishes a basis for assessing the appropriateness of underlying policy positions.

Subject Headings: Nonpoint pollution | Water pollution | Point source pollution | Public policy | Water quality | Waste management | Federal government | Case studies

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