Integration of groundwater information into decision making for regional planning: A portrait for North America

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Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report
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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.10.056 Byline: Roxane Lavoie (a), Alexandre Lebel (b), Florent Joerin (a), Manuel J. Rodriguez (a) Abstract: Groundwater is widely used as a source of drinking water in North America. However, it can be contaminated by microbial or chemical agents potentially hazardous to human health. In recent decades, governments have developed better knowledge of groundwater and established measures to protect and preserve the resource. Several studies have shown that relevant information on groundwater might prove very useful for regional planning purposes. However, there is little information on how groundwater information contributes to decision making in urban and regional planning in Canada and the United States. The objective of this study is to explore the level of use of groundwater information for land use planning purposes in Canada and the United States and to identify the factors that may explain why some provinces or states are more proactive than others when it comes to using such data for groundwater protection purposes. This paper presents the results of a survey sent across North America to groundwater information producers. The resulting data from the survey were examined using descriptive analyses and multiple correspondence analysis, and illustrate how groundwater data can be integrated into land planning. Author Affiliation: (a) Centre de Recherche en Amenagement et Developpement (CRAD), Universite Laval, Quebec, Pavillon Felix-Antoine-Savard, Local 1612, 1628 Pavillon Felix-Antoine-Savard, 2325 rue des Bibliotheques, Universite Laval, Quebec G1V 0A6, Canada (b) Harvard School of Public Health, 401 Park Drive 445-D, Boston, MA 02215, USA Article History: Received 23 August 2011; Revised 17 September 2012; Accepted 3 October 2012

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A313505753