The Role of Social Sciences in the Management of Surface Water Quality in the United States

by Clifford S. Russell, Vanderbilt Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


This survey paper concentrates on what social science has to say about surface water quality management. Some comments are also made on the historical development of these analytical capabilities. The discussion is organized under three major questions: what should the institutional arrangements for surface water quality management look like; what level of surface water quality should society choose; and how should that choice be implemented?

Subject Headings: Social factors | Surface water | Quality control | Water quality | Water pollution | Water resources | Water supply | Hydrographic surveys | United States

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