chapter  14
Sustainable Development
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The goal of preserving the range of choice of the present for future generations is certainly central to sustainable development, but it would be naively altruistic to think that each person acting on their own would use groundwater in that manner. Protecting the range of options for the future is probably best addressed at the macro, social-political decision level, affected through economywide policies such as conservation zoning (Turner et al., 1993, p. 60), limiting the scale of natural capital throughput (Daly, 1996, p. 15), or State growth policy specifi cally recognizing limited water supply as a factor (WWPRAC, 1998, pp. 5-17). The principal question to be addressed in this section is, Which alternatives protect the range of future options for groundwater availability and use while providing the services needed through a market economy?