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Title: Guide to groundwater protection zones in England and Wales
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has a statutory duty to monitor and protect the quality of groundwater, and to conserve its use for water resources1. In 1992 the Authority published the Policy and Practice for the Protection of Groundwater (GPP)2 to provide a framework for these duties. The GPP also provides a means to realise the Hague Resolution adopted by the Environment Ministers of the 12 member states of the European Union in November 1991. That Resolution recognises the need for the management and protection of groundwater on a sustainable basis by preventing its overexploitation and pollution. The national GPP replaced a variety of different approaches to groundwater protection which had been employed by the former regional water authorities with three key elements: a series of statements on NRA policy with respect to the protection of groundwater; a classification of groundwater vulnerability, including a programme of mapping at 1:100,000 scale; the definition of groundwater protection zones via a phased programme of zone delineation as described in this guide.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1995
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: GroundwaterWater qualityWater supplyProtected areasSustainable development
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 29; + appendices
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