Critical Public Issues for Well Head Protection

by Daniel J. Van Abs, New Jersey Dep of Environmental, Protection and Energy, Trenton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


New Jersey adopted in 1991 a Well Head Protection Program Plan to provide added safeguards to water supply wells. Through extensive public participation efforts the Department of Environmental Protection and Energy identified public policy issues that could, if not addressed properly, result in significant opposition to the program. While many issues were resolved in the program plan, some could not be. Experience and public education are the only real means to mitigate opposition due to these issues.

Subject Headings: Public opinions | Water quality | Water policy | Public participation | Safety | Environmental issues | Education | Public information programs | New Jersey | United States

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