Planning and Implementation under Section 208

by William C. Lienesch, Urban Planner; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.,
Gerald A. Emison, (A.M.ASCE), Planning Policy Coordinator; Council Staff, Montgomery County, Md.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 283-295

Document Type: Journal Paper


Limited experience with the development of water quality management plans by the initial 208 agencies indicates that there are certain common problems and issues that are arising. Perhaps the most difficult of these is the establishment of implementable institutional arrangements and regulatory programs, both of which will require action by local, state and Federal governments. In addition, the agencies are finding that their work on wastewater treatment alternatives is being constrained, sometimes significantly, by ongoing facilities planning. Finally, it is also becoming apparent that overemphasis on sophisticated analytical approaches, which is typical of many plans, will not be sufficient for plan implementation. More emphasis must be placed on the continual involvement of local nd state decision makers, especially those who will affect the implementation of the plan.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Quality control | Federal government | State government | Local government | Wastewater treatment | Decision making

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