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Title: Policy and practice for the protection of groundwater
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has a duty under the Water Resources Act 1991 to monitor and protect the quality of groundwater (Section 84) and to conserve its use for water resources (Section 19). It also has a duty (Section 16) to maintain and, where appropriate, enhance conservation of the surface water environment which in many cases is dependent upon proper management of groundwater. These duties relate only to England and Wales. At a meeting in The Hague in November 1991 the Environment Ministers of the European Community adopted a resolution which recognised the need for the management and protection of groundwater on a sustainable basis, by preventing its over-exploitation and pollution. The N RA therefore intends to give high priority to promoting this national framework policy for groundwater protection. The NRA will apply this policy, not only in the use of its own powers, but also in seeking to influence the policies and decisions of others whose actions can affect the protection of groundwater; for example in response to consultation under planning legislation. By publishing this policy the NRA is not seeking new statutory powers but it is establishing a technical framework which could form the basis of future regulations if these were necessary.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1992
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: GroundwaterSustainable developmentPoliciesWater supplyWater quality
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 47; + appendices
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