Surface Water Strategy, Policy and Legislation

Frank Warwick

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This chapter provides an introduction to policy, legislation and strategy in relation to surface water management. It consists of a case study that compares surface water legislation in England and Scotland, two constituent countries of the UK. Surface water legislation in developed economies is typically not encapsulated in a single national law implemented consistently across government, but by a range of regulatory measures concerning flooding and water quality at national, regional and local levels. In federal government systems such as the USA, Germany and Australia, high-level policy is enshrined in law at the national level, then interpreted and implemented at the state and further at the regional and/or local level. As in Germany, policy and legislation in the UK is enacted at a number of levels, from international guidance, through national and regional interpretations of that guidance enhanced by strategies, to practical implementation and monitoring at the local level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Surface Water Management: A Handbook for SuDS
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781118897690
ISBN (Print)9781118897706
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2016


  • Australia
  • England
  • European Union water policy
  • Germany
  • Scottish planning policy
  • Surface water legislation
  • Surface water management
  • UK
  • USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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