Understanding the Uses of History in Water Resources Planning and Management

by Loretta C. Lohman, Lohman & Associates, Littleton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


Understanding how water resources decisions (technical, regulatory, structural, or managerial) have been made is necessary to provide the water industry with a perception of complex human processes required to address current and future issues. As water quality has become increasingly enmeshed in public controversy, often the result is an increasing inability to retain or build public trust in either the quality of a water supply or in various options introduced to increase or protect that supply. A common view of historical knowledge is that it helps us cope with the present and the future. What a knowledge of history can do is enhance our understanding of how a particular agreement, arrangement, or technology was reached. Historical investigation makes understandable the myriad factors that played a role in any accomplished resources action.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | History | Water quality | Water supply | Human factors | Industrial facilities | Agreements and treaties

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