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The Evolution of Water Resource Planning and Decision Making
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The Evolution of Water Resource Planning and Decision Making

9781848440470 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Clifford S. Russell, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Vanderbilt University, US, Visiting Professor, AKF, Institute of Local Government Studies, Denmark and Research Associate, Bowdoin College, US and Duane D. Baumann, Professor of Geography Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, US
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84844 047 0 Extent: 320 pp
This broad review of the development of US water resource policy analysis and practice offers perspectives from several disciplines: law, economics, engineering, ecology and political science. The historical context provided goes back to the early 19th century, but the book concentrates on the past 60 years. A key feature is a discussion of the difficulty that has generally been encountered in bringing the disciplines of economics and ecology into collaboration in the water resource context.

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This broad review of the development of US water resource policy analysis and practice offers perspectives from several disciplines: law, economics, engineering, ecology and political science. While the historical context provided goes back to the early 19th century, the book concentrates on the past 60 years and features a discussion of the difficulty that has generally been encountered in bringing the disciplines of economics and ecology into collaboration in the water resource context.

The book explores the evolution of water related analytical capabilities and institutions and provides illustrations from case studies, concluding with recommendations for research, institutional change and action. Though designed to be a background textbook for interdisciplinary graduate seminars in water resources planning and management, it is accessible to interested lay readers and those who have policymaking or implementation responsibility but lack a technical background.

The book will appeal to students and faculty in water policy, economics, and engineering, and in interdisciplinary programs organized around water resource problems and questions. Policy makers and general readers will also appreciate this non-technical introduction.
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Contributors: D. Baumann, J.J. Boland, J. Delli Priscoli, N. Flores, G.E. Galloway, C.W. Howe, D.P. Loucks, P. Lydon, L. MacDonnell, D.H. Moreau, P. Rogers, C.S. Russell, M. Sagoff, W. Viessman Jr.
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Contents:

Foreword
Robert A. Pietrowsky

Preface

1. Water Resources Planning: Past, Present and Future
John J. Boland and Duane Baumann

2. A History of the United States Water Resources Planning and Development
Warren Viessman, Jr.

Appendix 2.1 Evolution of Public Involvement in Water Planning
Jerome Delli Priscoli

Appendix 2.2 Nebraska Natural Resource Districts

3. The Theory and Practice of Benefit–Cost Analysis
John J. Boland, Nicholas Flores and Charles W. Howe

4. Environmental Issues and Options in Water Resources Planning and Decision Making
David H. Moreau and Daniel P. Loucks

5. On the Collaboration of Ecologists and Economists
Clifford S. Russell and Mark Sagoff

6. Political Decision Making: Real Decisions in Real Political Contexts
Peter Rogers, Lawrence MacDonnell and Peter Lydon

Appendix 6.1 Overview of American Law for Allocation of Water

7. Making the Transition: Moving Water Resources Planning and Management into the Twenty-first Century
Gerald E. Galloway

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