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Control of land use and groundwater quality in Colorado and Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1987 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this research is to shed light upon the organization and the system of regulations adopted by modern, industrialized societies in the interactive fields of land use and groundwater. By studying groundwater, long-term perspectives become more clear. The following questions are examined.

Are there adequate rules (e.g., laws, regulations, requirements) to govern and regulate land use in order to prevent adverse changes in groundwater quality?

Which are the dominating decison maker perspectives concerning the interaction between land use and changes in groundwater quality?

To what extent do the current organizational and administrative processes consider knowledge and information about land use impacts on groundwater quality.

This study has shown that legal tools are available and administrative responsibilities are defined for most of the land use activities discussed. One important exception is farming, for which no permits are requested and no conditions are proclaimed. Certain point actlvities involving risk for groundwater pollution may also remain unregulated.

Even though different sectorial perspectives are favored by legislation, in Colorado and Sweden, it has been found that the dominating decision maker perspectives of land use is related to building activities.

In conclusion, the efforts by society to protect groundwater from being contaminated from ongoing actlvities are not well organized and coordinated. Neither legal requirements nor administrative management are effective since they do not prevent land use activities from jeopardizing groundwater quality once a permit is given or general requirements are fulfilled.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 1987. , 164 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 11
Keyword [en]
Land use, groundwater quality, organization, legislation, perspectives of the decision makers, plan, planning process
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35298Local ID: 26225ISBN: 91-7870-177-5OAI: diva2:256146
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1987-05-20, Wallenbergssalen, Östergötlands Länsmuseum, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-05-28Bibliographically approved

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