, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 253–264 | Cite as

Environmental quality management in the united states in the 1980s and beyond: An appraisal

  • Blair T. Bower


This paper presents an overview of: (1) the institutional context of the environmental pollution sector of environmental quality management; (2) accomplishments and problems in some representative subsectors; and (3) prospects.

The author describes levels of government within the US federal system and lists types of organizational structures, explains the division of responsibilities for managing environmental quality among legislative bodies/executive agencies, state and federal courts, and state public utility commission, and notes the significant role of nongovernmental environmental groups.

In order to assess both the past performance and present status of environmental quality management in the United States, Bower cites some specific and generic problems in such subsectors as water quality, soil erosion, air quality, and hazardous wastes. He goes on to characterize recent approaches and their results using these observations as a basis for an appraisal of future prospects in the context of intermedia impacts and multiple modes of impact on various species.


Unite State Water Quality Soil Erosion Environmental Quality Future Prospect 
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© Elsevier Sequoia 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Blair T. Bower
    • 1
  1. 1.ArlingtonUSA

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