Institutional Approaches to Ground Water Management

by Ralph E. Waddington, MK-Ferguson Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


The nature of ground water has made the management of it difficult. Lack of understanding regarding the interrelationship of ground and surface waters has sometimes resulted in unworkable statutes and unwieldy regulations. Institutional management of ground water began with the settlement of disputes by court decisions and progressed to the granting of permits and spacing restriction on wells. It has evolved through the rigors of definitions and classifications of ground water basins and the control of development within these basins. Some of the constraints to successful management of the ground water resource have been political and economic, along with historic misconceptions.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Soil settlement | Basins | Water resources | Resource management | Surface water | Court decisions | Permits

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