Groundwater Quality Management and Governance at the State Level

Presented on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Ph.D.
Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program, Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
During this half-hour online presentation, hear the results of a survey funded by the Ground Water Research & Education Foundation that was designed to better understand groundwater governance strategies and practices related to water quality in the United States.

As groundwater is vital as a water supply to meet increasing demands across the United States, effective groundwater governance is needed with applicable protection and management strategies aimed at ensuring sustainable use of this critical resource. In the United States, groundwater governance (making laws, policies, and regulations) and management (implementation of policy) are primarily the responsibilities of state government, resulting in considerable variability in practices across the country.

For the nationwide survey conducted, state water professionals were recruited in each state to participate. These professionals identified a wide variety of groundwater issues and concerns, including water quality and quantity impairment, staffing and budget issues, vulnerabilities of private well users, and aquifer overdraft.

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