GEOG 431
Geography of Water Resources

Summary and Final Tasks



The objectives of Lesson 9 were to introduce you to the complexity of water laws, regulations, and rights spanning from local protection through U.S. federal approaches, and finally, international perspectives. You should know the basic origins of water laws and protections, and the approximate chronology for when protections were put in place. Be cognizant of the two primary U.S. federal laws that protect freshwater: Clean Water Act (1972) and Safe Drinking Water Act (1974). Finally, you should appreciate the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision in the Rapanos case.

Reminder - Complete all of the Lesson 9 tasks!

You have reached the end of Lesson 9! Double check the to-do list on the Lesson 9 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Lesson 10.