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Act on water-courses (No. 927 of 2009).

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This Act applies to the use of water which can have the function of drainage, particularly surface water and waste-water, including ditches, canals, pipelines and drains, and lakes, ponds and other similar inland waters. Watercourses are classified as private and public and private landowners are allowed to lower the groundwater level on their property, in order to ensure proper drainage to existing streams. Maintenance of private and public watercourses shall be regulated by the Minister of Environment, after consultating with KL (Local Land Municipality). Public watercourses not meeting satisfactory results, may be improved by creating artificial banks, by placement of large rocks and logs, by establishing current convergers and spawning grounds.
It consists of 17 Chapters: Purpose (1); About watercourse general use (2); Rivers Authority (3); Classification of watercourses and construction (4); Regulations for public watercourses (5); Adjustment of watercourses and installation of new rivers (6); Watercourse maintenance (7); Stream Restoration (8); Pumping installations with necessary facilities for de-watering and installation of necessary facilities for the intake, pumping and bypass of water for watering (9); Bridges, dam construction, rivers (10); Supervision and monitoring (11); Environmental damage (11A); Miscellaneous provisions (12); Expropriation and compensation (13); Rivers Authority's commitment to economic issues (14); Decisions on water-streams cases (15); Appeals (16); Penalties and entry into force (17).
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Entry into force notes
This Act enters into force on 1 October 2009.
The Act is not applicable to Greenland nor the Faroe Islands.Amending Act No. 514 of 12 June 2009, in particular date of entry into force on 1 October 2009.
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Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse af lov om vandl b.