Analyzing hydrological sustainability through water balance

Anna Menció, Albert Folch, Josep Mas-Pla

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    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. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1175-1190
    JournalEnvironmental Management
    Volume45
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010

    Keywords

    • Selva basin
    • Sustainability
    • Water balance
    • Water management

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