been eliminated by overpumping. Because the ground water processes that affect ecosystems and base stream flow are not well understood, combined hydrologic/ecologic research should be pursued to clarify these connections and better define the extent to which changes in ground water quality or quantity contribute to changes in ecologic values.

  • Ground water management entities should consider appropriate policies such as pump taxes or quotas to ensure that cost of using the water now rather than later is accurately accounted for by competing pumpers.

  • Because ground water resources are finite, decision-makers should take a long-term view in all decisions regarding valuation and use of the resources.


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