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Regulating Cumulative Impacts in Groundwater Systems: Global Lessons from Australian Experience

Rebecca Nelson

Reforming Water Law and Governance: From Stagnation to Innovation in Australia | Springer Nature | Published : 2018


The regulation of groundwater extraction has shifted, almost seismically, through Australia ’ s water reform era, which culminated in the National Water Initiative and the federal Water Act 2007 (Cth). Its starting point was minimal regulation, targeted at controlling selected extractions and pursuing sustainability for consumptive purposes. Since then, groundwater laws have imported regulatory concepts from the surface water sphere; among them, regulating extraction through statutory plans and in a broad-based way, and protecting dependent ecosystems. One issue emerges at the heart of both the history and future of groundwater reform: dealing with the cumulative impacts of extraction. This ..

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