Title: Wasserhaushaltsgesetz (WHG) Germany 
Resource Type: document --> policy documents 
Country: Germany 
Year: 1999 
Availability: German version: Gesetz zur Ordnung des Wasserhaushalts Ausfertigungsdatum: 27. Juli 1957 Verkündungsfundstelle: BGBl I 1957, 1110, 1386 Sachgebiet: FNA 753-1 Stand: Neugefasst durch Bek. v. 19. 8.2002 I 3245; geändert durch Art. 6 G v. 6. 1.2004 I 2 
Author 1/Producer: Federal Republic of Germany 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://bundesrecht.juris.de/bundesrecht/whg/index.html  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->policy and regulatory
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Long description: The Act on the Regulation of Matters Relating to Water of 1957 (Federal Water Act (WHG), last amended in 2001), as a framework law of the Federal Government, lays down basic provisions relating to water resources management measures (management of water quantity and quality). It requires that waters are to be safeguarded as a component of the natural balance and as a habitat for fauna and flora. Under the Federal Water Act, waters are to be managed such that they serve the public well-being and, in harmony therewith, the interests of individuals, and that avoidable impairments of their ecological functions are to be avoided (precautionary principle). 
Submitted By: Maike Hauschild WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 18/11/2004

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