Institutional, Environmental and Legal Issues

by William R. Johnston, Search II Research & Consulting, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference


An evaluation of the subsurface agricultural drainage problems occurring on prime agricultural land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley of California offers an insight into the institutional, legal and environmental problems as well as the economical, regulatory, political and emotional water quality issues facing the area. Drainage is necessary in the area in order to provide for salt management and water table control. However, the institutional and legal constraints imposed on San Joaquin Valley farmers requiring agricultural drainage and salt management in order to insure continued productivity of their land have turned a relatively simple engineering problem into an impossible task.

Subject Headings: Legal affairs | Water quality | Salt water | Water pollution | Drainage | Agricultural wastes | Laws and regulations | Subsurface drainage

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