Alternative Designs for a Water Resources Planning and Management Electronic Information Exchange Network

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by Quentin W. Martin, (M.ASCE), Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: The proliferation of electronic bulletin boards, fax and other electronic media encourages the use of alternative information sharing and retrieval methods as a routine part of business for water resources planners and managers. Telecommunication networks appear to have significant benefits, without major costs, for facilitating communications on a board range of water resources management issues and problems. The necessary conditions for successful implementation of such systems are described. Implementation options are explored, and the operational management and maintenance requirements are noted. Recommendations for further assessments of the system design, market potential, and implementation costs for such systems will be presented.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Information management | Communication systems | Systems management | Managers | Benefit cost ratios | Maintenance |

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