Objectives of Water Quality Planning

by Keith S. Krause, Dir.; Water Resources Board, Topeka, Kans.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 471-476

Document Type: Journal Paper


Planning is a sterile effort if it does not produce a viable procedure for reaching its objectives. Our political process is presently atuned to crisis reaction, producing short-range decisions and simplistic solutions to problems which often serve to confuse and delay the adoptions of hard viable solutions. The control of water quality is a noble objective in itself; however, the need for it is symptomatic of a much deeper and profound disease that must be cured or prevented before a completely successful water quality control program can be achieved. The disease is that of living beyond our resource means. To overcome such a disease, the national objectives should be to: (1) Minimize natural resource waste; (2) protect the public health and ecosystems; (3) provide for a system of control that has a practical probability of being achieved; and (4) provide for a positive decision-making process that leads to the rapid consumation of the objectives previously stated.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Diseases | Quality control | Control systems | Political factors | Curing | Water resources | Natural resources

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