Perceptions, Sensitivity, and Solutions; Water Quality 2000

by John B. Pearce, Natl Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource?In Search of Solutions


Commencing early in 1971, the Water Pollution Control Federation (WPCF) (now Water Environment Federation) established a series of challenge groups which would develop information essential to the completion of the narrative for the Water Quality 2000, Phase III Report. The author was invited to serve as Chair, Challenge Group III, established to identify solutions necessary to prevent contamination and degradation of aquatic habitats, fresh water or marine. The Challenge Group believed at the present, there is a plethora of legislation on the books. We felt that in many instances there had not been sufficient enforcement of legislation and regulations. The paramount idea coming from Group deliberations was that the public must have a better understanding of the need for increased water quality. The Challenge Group also discussed the current state of the economy, and its effects on water quality. It was recognized that users of terrestrial habitats increasingly demand that they be compensated for situations where, because of environmental legislation, they are deprived of profits that might be gained by 'normal' use of land masses.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Water pollution | Aquatic habitats | Legislation | Water policy | Water demand | Quality control

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