groundwater law Articles

  • Who Owns Groundwater?

    California’s drought underscores the need to improve how the state - and the rest of us - divvy up a resource in demand. Grapevines march across wires strung along rolling hills, their little trunks improbably supporting heavy black fruit. Cindy Steinbeck’s family has been farming this land since 1920. They grow Zinfandel, Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Syrah grapes but are ...


    By Ensia

  • Managed aquifer recharge: the widening gap between law and policy in India

    The past decade has witnessed discussions on various options to overcome groundwater depletion, such as rainwater harvesting (RWH) and ‘artificial recharge’ methods. This paper addresses law and policy issues relating to managed aquifer recharge (MAR). Based on an analysis of the National Water Policy of India and water polices and laws of the Indian states, a concrete case study, namely ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evaluating Henry's law constant of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)

    N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a potential carcinogen, may contaminate the groundwater when the reclaimed wastewater is used for irrigation and groundwater recharge. Henry's law constant is a critical parameter to assess the fate and transport of reclaimed wastewater-borne NDMA in the soil profile. We conducted a laboratory experiment in which the change of NDMA concentration in water exposed to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water dynamics and groundwater recharge in a deep vadose zone

    Understanding soil water dynamics and accurately estimating groundwater recharge are essential steps in achieving efficient and sustainable management of groundwater resources in regions with deep vadose zones. The objective of this study was to understand transient data and the dynamics nature of water from deep sections at the thick vadose zone, and to estimate groundwater recharge by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • US groundwater protection regulations `not comprehensive enough`

    Groundwater protection is the responsibility of everyone including the chemical industry. An energetic group of state and federal groundwater agencies, industry, environmentalists and other stakeholders, however, has made it a key area of their focus. The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a nonprofit Section 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring the use of best ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What Effect Does E-Waste Have On Groundwater?

    Groundwater is one of the most precious resources on Earth. Its yields supply water to nearly every community in the country, and without it, most of us would be driven to drastic measures to accommodate drought conditions. In fact, that very situation is happening in communities across the nation. As groundwater is increasingly negatively ...

  • Private rights, public interests and water use conflicts: evolving water law and policy in Michigan

    Water conflicts are rare across Michigan's history. As a result, water rights have received little attention by courts or the legislature. Traditionally, the common law of water rights in Michigan embraces the riparian doctrine for surface water and provides landowners with the right to use groundwater. However, two recent changes in common and statutory law significantly modify the legal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Can disclosure rules clarify what’s in our groundwater? Enhesa’s US consultant Rachel Degenhardt on hydraulic fracturing & groundwater contamination in ELQ

    This month, Enhesa US Regulatory Consultant, Rachel Degenhardt, was published on the issue of hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination in Berkeley’s Ecology Law Currents, an online publication of Ecology Law Quarterly, one of the nation’s most respected and widely read environmental law journals. “The U.S. EPA is working to increase transparency regarding the ...

  • Solutions-IES Completes First Risk-Based Remediation Under New State Law

    A former electronics manufacturing facility in North Carolina (NC) had conducted groundwater remediation since 1991 to remediate low-level chlorinated solvents.  Under RCRA, the originally approved Remedial Action Plan (RAP) recommended pump and treat (P & T with air stripping and carbon) to capture and remove the contaminants.  Upon coming on board the project, Solutions-IES ...


    By Solutions-IES

  • An experimental investigation of thermal methods for In-Situ remediation of MTBE-impacted groundwater

    Presentation Outline Review of MTBE Experiment Objectives Experimental Procedure Experimental Results Implementation of Soil Heating in the Field Conclusions. Properties of MTBE MTBE has a high solubility in water. It is ~ 24 times more soluble in water than Benzene (43,000 to 50,000 ...


    By McMillan-McGee Corp.

  • Food industry needs to step up on responsible groundwater use

    Californians are all too familiar with what happens when water is not treated as the precious resource it is. But most of us are unaware of the enormous power we have through our day-to-day purchases, social media campaigns and petition drives to push food companies to take more responsibility in protecting global water supplies. Food production, the world’s biggest water user, is a major ...


    By Ceres

  • Article: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Study of the Transposition and Implementation of the Groundwater Directive in the United Kingdom

    ABSTRACT: EC environmental law has been the subject of close scrutiny for many years, with inadequate transposition and implementation of directives highlighted by the European Court and others. This scrutiny has played a part in the incremental development of the nature of the obligations which directives place on Member States. Thus a history of transposition can be studied for the older ...


  • Coastal water quality in the Kihei and Lahaina districts of the island of Maui, Hawaiian Islands. Impacts from physical habitat and groundwater seepage: implications for water quality standards

    Water quality in terms of nutrient concentrations, turbidity, suspended solids, and chlorophyll a, was studied during 2000–2001 at a total of 27 beaches in the Kihei and West Maui–Lahaina districts of Maui, Hawaiian Islands. Nitrate concentrations varied widely and averaged as much as 15–20 µM at some beaches. Most turbidities fell in the range 1–10 nephelometric turbidity units. Resuspension of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Act before there’s not a drop to drink

    Groundwater protection is the responsibility of everyone including the chemical industry. An energetic group of state and federal groundwater agencies, industry, environmentalists and other stakeholders, however, has made it a key area of their focus. The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) is a nonprofit Section 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring the use of best ...


    By Acta Group

  • Brazil - updated soil contamination regulations

    While Brazil has not changed its waste generator liability since adopting Law 6.938 in 1981, it has updated and altered requirements for generators. Most recently, the Brazilian National Council on the Environment (CONAMA) adopted CONAMA Resolution 420/2009, establishing guidelines and criteria for the management of contaminated sites. CONAMA Resolution provides for the creation of soil quality ...

  • How Much Does My Landfill Leak?

    The question of how much landfills leak might be the most contentious question in the solid waste industry and the one with the most elusive answer. Leakage can be predicted using models of varying levels of sophistication, but modeling relies on accurate data for hole frequency and size. Published statistics for hole size and frequency vary widely and most of the published data is drastically ...

  • Sustainability of Arizona’s few remaining perennial streams.

    Mother Nature made water simple. In general, water comprises a continuum in whatever phase or phases it may occur. If you take some here, you have less somewhere else. Arizona law does not readily account for this simple concept; rather it arbitrarily divides water into different classes to be regulated as if the classes were somehow distinct and separable. This creation of different classes of ...


    By Hargis + Associates Inc

  • Clean Water Act

    The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Passed in 1972, the act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for human sports and recreation by 1983. The principal body of law ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • `Tips and Tricks` for Water Framework Directive implementation

    People care about water. A recent poll on European attitudes on the environment showed that citizens are increasingly concerned about the pollution of rivers, lakes, groundwater and coastal waters. In 2002, more than 40% of European citizens were ‘very worried’ about the state of freshwater ecosystems. This marked a sharp increase of 10% from 1999. Water protection is one of the European Union ...

  • A new sewage exfiltration model – parameters and calibration

    Exfiltration of waste water from sewer systems represents a potential danger for the soil and the aquifer. Common models, which are used to describe the exfiltration process, are based on the law of Darcy, extended by a more or less detailed consideration of the expansion of leaks, the characteristics of the soil and the colmation layer. But, due to the complexity of the exfiltration process, the ...


    By IWA Publishing

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