Comprehensive transboundary international water quality by American Society Of Civil Engineers Environmental And Water

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3. The Commission may adopt a Comprehensive International Water Quality Management Plan EWRI/ASCE 33-01 or any revision thereof in such part or parts as it may deem appropriate. The basis of the management plan shall be the integration of economic development and environmental protection plans established and submitted by the signatory Parties. However, before the adoption of the Plan or any part or revision thereof, the Commission shall consult with water users and interested public bodies and public utilities.

Allocation shall then be made to the needs of environmental protection according to individual environmental policies of the signatory Parties. Allocation thereafter shall be made according to those beneficial uses that provide maximum economic benefit to the Parties or that are necessary to enhance specific quality of life objectives of the Parties. The Commission can exempt from consideration certain small water diversions. The small water diversion waivers shall be reviewed annually. New waivers could be allowed if, and only if, the cumulative effect of all waivers on the water allocation program and the program of water quality management is not significant.

The basis of the management plan shall be the integration of economic development and environmental protection plans established and submitted by the signatory Parties. However, before the adoption of the Plan or any part or revision thereof, the Commission shall consult with water users and interested public bodies and public utilities. They shall also consider and give due regard to the findings and recommendations of the various agencies of the signatory Parties and their political subdivisions.

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