Competing Values in Water Development

by Daniel A. Dreyfus, (M.ASCE), Professional Staff Member; Water and Power Resources, U.S. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 9, Pg. 1599-1604

Document Type: Journal Paper


Traditional social attitudes towards natural resources management are undergoing dramatic change. The exponential growth of demands and the environmental movement have brought about a rejection of conventional planning concepts. Planning solely to meet projected requirements is no longer adequate. A new planning concept is evolving in which alternative futures are postulated, a public choice is made, and resource management is viewed as a tool to bring about the desired situation. Choices among alternative futures involve significant value judgments. The public must be brought into the planning process if such choices are to be accepted as legitimate. Recent legislative measures and administrative actions are setting the stage for public participation in resources management.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Water management | Social factors | Natural resources | Legislation | Public participation

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