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Title:Reform of Illinois water resource laws with particular reference to the drainage code and closely related laws
Author(s):Uchtmann, Donald L.; Krauz, Norman G.P.
Contributor(s):Black, David L.; Crewell, Ted H.; Wolff, Dale F.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Water policy
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:Laws affecting Illinois water resources form a highly complex and fragmented water resource system. Many special purpose or general governmental units have varying responsibility in areas of drainage, soil and water conservation, sewage treatment and water quality, water supply and use, flood control, recreation, and navigation. TNs existing structure gives rise to numerous inherent problems such as duplication of authority, lack of coordination and long range planning, diffusion of qualified personnel, and insufficient funding. Each state adjoining Illinois has made significant changes in its system for administering and controlling water. In addition Nebraska, Ohio and Florida have made significant changes in their water systems. The water law programs of these states have been analyzed to determine if procedures and structure might be adopted for Illinois. Regarding drainage laws, in particular, a survey of drainage district attorneys and engineers in Illinois identifies specific areas of dissatisfaction. The surveys also offer suggestions for improvement. Recommendations for reform of Illinois water resource laws include a long term reform of the overall structure. This long term recommendation includes the establishment of a state agency with broad powers in areas of general planning and coordination and the combing of many existing local special purpose districts into multi-purpose local districts. The recommendations also include specific changes to the existing drainage code that can be accomplished independent of the overall restructuring.
Issue Date:1976-06
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Rights Information:Copyright 1976 held by Donald L. Uchtmann, Norman G.P. Krauz
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-13

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