Environmental Values and Water Quality Planning

by Peter Richerson, Asst. Prof.; Div. of Environmental Studies, Univ. of California, Davis, Calif.,
Robert Johnston, Asst. Prof.; Div. of Environmental Studies, Univ. of California, Davis, Calif.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 259-276


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Two fundamental types of problems affect the incorporation of environmental values into water quality planning: (1) Problems of incommensurable values; and (2) problems of incomplete information. The nature of these problems is reviewed in the context of rational planning models. State of-the-art methods for coping with value and information difficulties, including NEPA, the Water Resources Council Principles and Standards, and contingency planning techniques are described. An empirical research strategy for investigating planning behavior is proposed and preliminary results for three agencies, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Bureau of Land Management, and the California State Water Resources Control Board are reported.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Environmental issues | Water resources | Information management | Risk management | United States Army Corps of Engineers | Empirical equations | Federal government | North America | United States | California

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