Wilderness Hydrometeorological Study in the Colorado River Basin: A Case Study in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution

by Ann M. Ball, US Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV, USA,
Lewis T. Moore, US Bureau of Reclamation, Boulder City, NV, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


This paper describes the formation and progress of the Interagency Committee on Wilderness Hydrometeorological Data Collection (ICWHDC). It highlights how the ICWHDC is attempting to resolve one aspect of the wilderness instrumentation problem: namely, the problem of quantifying how much the runoff forecast can be improved by wilderness instrumentation and of assessing whether this improvement justifies placing instrumentation in wilderness areas. The problem arises from conflicts inherent in opposing statutory mandates and water and land management philosophies. This paper also follows the evolution of the problem-solving approach which moved from an intuitive, to a conceptual, and finally, to an analytical level.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Ecosystems | Hydrometeorology | Rivers and streams | Dispute resolution | Basins | Natural resources | Instrumentation | Colorado River

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