Government Responsibilities For Man Made Erosion to River Systems

An Australian Farmer owns land that borders onto a river in New South

Wales. The river is managed by a state Government organization, the

Dept of Land and Water Conservation(DLWC), as a canal to feed water to

an Irrigation Area downstream. The aggressive and unnatural management

of the river has led to a huge increase in erosion. This is admitted

to by the DLWC. The erosion of the land has resulted in loss of both

valueable land and by extension a loss of production to the farmer.

I am interested in how other western democratic nations have dealt

with similar issues.

My question has 3 parts.

1. How do other nations deal with compensation to landowners for

damages arising from man-made erosion?

2. What measures have been used to minimize erosion in rivers for the

future?

3. What measures have been adopted to repair the damage caused by

erosion to rivers?

I would be interested in extending the question and the fee if the

research revealed other related issues that would be of assistance in

this debate.



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