Groundwater Management Practices

Groundwater Management Practices

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Features

  • Brings together original contributions from different countries
  • Addresses technical and non-technical aspects of groundwater management
  • Bridges the gap between theoretical research and real world applications

Summary

Groundwater is an indispensable resource in many parts of the world, where it supports domestic water supply, irrigated agriculture and industry. Its increased, and often intensive, use during the last half century has created problems and raised concerns regarding the potential depletion of local aquifers, water quality degradation and various geologic hazards such as land subsidence and sinkholes. This volume includes contributions by experts from several countries who describe different groundwater management practices in their part of the world and discuss measures and actions in response to the challenges associated with the sustainability of groundwater use and the protection of the groundwater environment, as well as the evolution of legal and institutional framework needed for their implementation. It discusses past and present practices and various aspects of the regulatory and legal framework of groundwater management in Japan, China, India, Iran, Australia, the United States, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and the European Union, and reviews recent efforts to improve the management of transboundary aquifer resources.

Table of Contents

Highlights and common themes of groundwater management practices around the world
Angelos N. Findikakis

Groundwater resources management in Japan
Kenji Jinno and Kuniaki Sato

Groundwater management for sustainable water resources utilization in China
Bingchen Wang, Xilai Zheng, and Guoqing Lin

Groundwater issues and management in the North China Plain
Yangwen Jia

Groundwater management practices and emerging challenges: lessons from a case study in the Karnataka State of South India
Sekhar Mudda, Yusuf Javeed, Soumaya Bandyopadhyay, Sylvian Mangiarotti, and Pierre Mazzega

Groundwater management in Kandi region of Jammu Province, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Vikas Sharma and Uttam C. Sharma

Sustainable water resource management in the foothills of the Siwaliks, Northwest India
Sanjay Arora

Role of groundwater in the Tehran water supply
Hamid R. Jahani

Groundwater in Spain: legal framework and management issues
Jorge Molinero, Emilio Custodio, Andrés Sahuquillo, and Manuel R. Llamas

Groundwater management in Denmark – protection of natural resources
Anders Refsgaard and Susanne Vangsgaard

Management issues for the Edwards Aquifer, Texas, USA
Randy J. Charbeneau and Charles W. Kreitler

Economic benefits of expanded groundwater storage in the Central and West Coast basins of Southern Los Angeles County
David L. Sunding, Stephen F. Hamilton, Newsha K. Ajami

Sustainable management of groundwater resources in parts of arid South Australia
Ian F. Clark and Lynn A. Brake

Groundwater quality management practices
Eduard Hoehn

Protection of groundwater environments
Fritz Stauffer

Impacts of below-ground structures on the groundwater environment and their management
Kuniaki Sato and Takayuki Ueno

Geological hazards due to groundwater pumping and/or artificial recharge
Jiang Li and Zuping Sheng

Groundwater-related laws in Japan
Kuniaki Sato, Katsuhiko Shichinohe, and Takayuki Ueno

Groundwater-related laws, regulations and standards in China 
Bingchen Wang, Xilai Zheng, and Guoqing Lin

The EU groundwater regulatory framework
Philippe Quevauviller, Johannes Grath, Andreas Scheidleder, and Balazs Horvath

Groundwater legal framework and management practices in the High Plains aquifer, USA
Marios Sophocleous

UNESCO inventory of transboundary aquifers: managing shared groundwater resources wisely
Alice Aureli

 
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