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Ground water management in Virginia :a comparative evaluation of the institutional framework.
Ground water is an abundant resource in considerable
portions of Virginia and exists in varying quantities
throughout the state. It has played an important role in
supplying municipal and industrial needs and is the major
source of supply for individual and small community systems.
I',1anagement of the re source has traditionally been decentralized
in nature, with private individuals and industrial
firms constituting the principal decision-makers with
regard to development and utilization. In the past, the
primary governmental control has consisted of judicial
enforcement of private rights as they apply to ground
water, and even this institutional mechanism has remained
at a low level of development.