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Analyzing hydrological sustainability through water balance

The objective of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) is to assist in the development of management plans that will lead to the sustainable use of water resources in all EU member states. However, defining the degree of sustainability aimed at is not a straightforward task. It requires detailed knowledge of the hydrogeological characteristics of the basin in question, its environmental needs, the amount of human water demand, and the opportunity to construct a proper water balance that describes the behavior of the hydrological system and estimates available water resources. An analysis of the water balance in the Selva basin (Girona, NE Spain) points to the importance of regional groundwater fluxes in satisfying current exploitation rates, and shows that regional scale approaches are often necessary to evaluate water availability. In addition, we discuss the pressures on water resources, and analyze potential actions, based on the water balance results, directed towards achieving sustainable water management in the basin

This study started as part of the research project CICYT CGL-2005-08019-C04-02 and continued under project CGL- 2008-06373-C03-03/BTE, both of them funded by the Spanish Government. We would like to thank the Catalan Water Agency (ACA), the Catalan Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action (DAR), and local water supply companies for their help in providing information and data

漏 Environmental Management, 2010, vol. 45, n煤m. 1, p. 1175-1190

Springer Verlag

Author: Menci贸 i Domingo, Anna
Folch i Sancho, Albert
Mas-Pla, Josep
Date: 2010 May 1
Abstract: The objective of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) is to assist in the development of management plans that will lead to the sustainable use of water resources in all EU member states. However, defining the degree of sustainability aimed at is not a straightforward task. It requires detailed knowledge of the hydrogeological characteristics of the basin in question, its environmental needs, the amount of human water demand, and the opportunity to construct a proper water balance that describes the behavior of the hydrological system and estimates available water resources. An analysis of the water balance in the Selva basin (Girona, NE Spain) points to the importance of regional groundwater fluxes in satisfying current exploitation rates, and shows that regional scale approaches are often necessary to evaluate water availability. In addition, we discuss the pressures on water resources, and analyze potential actions, based on the water balance results, directed towards achieving sustainable water management in the basin
This study started as part of the research project CICYT CGL-2005-08019-C04-02 and continued under project CGL- 2008-06373-C03-03/BTE, both of them funded by the Spanish Government. We would like to thank the Catalan Water Agency (ACA), the Catalan Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action (DAR), and local water supply companies for their help in providing information and data
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ISSN: 0364-152X (versi贸 paper)
1432-1009 (versi贸 electr貌nica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12908
Language: eng
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Collection: MICYT/2005-2008/CGL2005-08019-C04-02
MEC/PN 2009-2011/CGL2008-06373-C03-03
Reproducci贸 digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-010-9461-y
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Is part of: 漏 Environmental Management, 2010, vol. 45, n煤m. 1, p. 1175-1190
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Subject: Recursos hidr脿ulics -- Explotaci贸 -- Catalunya
Water resources development -- Catalonia
Desenvolupament sostenible -- Catalunya
Sustainable development -- Catalonia
Title: Analyzing hydrological sustainability through water balance
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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