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Wildlife, Water Quality and the Public Trust Doctrine: A Means of Enforcing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plans

17 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2011 Last revised: 18 Nov 2013

Veronique P. Jarrell-King

Vermont Law School

Date Written: January 24, 2011

Abstract

Even though the Clean Water Act has proven successful in many respects, it has failed to properly address agricultural nonpoint source water pollution. This lack of sufficient legislation has left our nation’s waters polluted and has detrimentally affected much of the wildlife that depend on these waters for survival. In an effort to prevent further deterioration of our water systems, the public should consider using the public trust doctrine as a means of requiring state and local agencies to consider the public’s interests in wildlife and water quality when developing, regulating, and reevaluating nonpoint source pollution control plans.

Keywords: Clean Water Act, wildlife, public trust doctrine, nonpoint source pollution, agricultural nonpoint source pollution management plans, agriculture, atrazine, water pollution, water quality, public, EPA, animals, frogs, fish

Suggested Citation

Jarrell-King, Veronique P., Wildlife, Water Quality and the Public Trust Doctrine: A Means of Enforcing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plans (January 24, 2011). Villanova Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2012; Laws & Paws, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1937414 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1937414

Veronique P. Jarrell-King (Contact Author)

Vermont Law School ( email )

68 North Windsor Street
P.O. Box 60
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States

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