2012 NGWA Ground Water Summit: Innovate and Integrate

Water Law and Water Rights in an Unsustainable World

Tuesday, May 8, 2012: 1:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Royal Ballroom C (Hyatt Regency Orange County)
American water law is based on principles and assumptions dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Although that law has helped enable development across the western states, it has struggled to address the many problems posed by unsustainable groundwater supplies. For example, declining groundwater supplies have forced gains in water conservation and efficiency, but often with negative consequences. Also, obtaining replacement sources of water for an aquifer presents hydrological and engineering challenges that do not arise with surface systems. From a regulatory standpoint, the problem of unsustainable groundwater supplies does not fit well with long-established approaches to a damaged resource supply. Ultimately, the problem of an unsustainable groundwater supply questions a core concept in American law—the permanence of real property rights, and the legal protections afforded them. This session will explore these problems from a variety of legal and hydrological perspectives.
Burke Griggs and Angela Schenk
1:10 p.m.
Stakeholders Attitudes Towards Water Resources Management on Plantation Forestry in Australia
Chunfang Xu, University of South Australia;
Jennifer McKay, University of South Australia;
Ganesh Keremane, Ph.D., University of South Australia

1:30 p.m.
Compliance and Enforcement of Groundwater in Australia: A Contemporary Challenge for Water Law and Regulation
Darren Sinclair, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University;
Cameron Holley, Ph.D, , Law School, University of New South Wales

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