Legal Framework for the Urban Water Environment

  • Robert W. Adler

The complexity of the legal framework for the urban water environment approaches the complexity of the scientific and technical aspects of urban water management addressed in other chapters, although for different reasons and with different possible solutions. Urban water resources are addressed, to varying and sometimes overlapping degrees, by private, local, state, regional, federal, and sometimes even international law. Some aspects of urban water resources management are governed by common law (legal principles derived from a series of decisions reached by judges in individual cases), while other requirements are dictated by statutes passed by federal, state, or local legislative bodies, or regulations issued by administrative agencies. Separate (although sometimes linked) legal regimes address aspects of water supply, water treatment and distribution, and the environmental and human health and safety aspects of wastewater, storm water, and drainage or flood control.


Urban Water Legal Regime Storm Sewer National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Environmental Protection Agency Regulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of LawSalt Lake City

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