Issues in Regional Water Resources Planning and Management: A Great Lakes Case Study

by Michael J. Donahue, Great Lakes Commission, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


This paper focuses on the obstacles and opportunities inherent in regional resource management efforts, with the Great Lakes Basin serving as a case study. The following areas are addressed: 1) the evolution and present status of the Great Lakes 'institutional ecosystem'; 2) critical issues in water quality/quantity planning and management and the means by which they are addressed; 3) a review of present and emerging challenges to Great Lakes jurisdictions; and 4) 'lessons to be learned' and their applicability in a broader regional resource management context.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Resource management | Case studies | Lakes | Quality control | Water quality | Aquatic habitats | Water supply | Great Lakes

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