River Basin Management

by David J. Allee, Cornell Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Institutional arrangements for watershed and basin management are diverse in form and pragmatic in approach. Over the years, they have reflected the status of American federalism and do so today. An improved capacity to identify community interest may be translated into more effective support for federal and state programs to deal with the coordination of water functions. Most relevant for river basin management is the fact that coordinative or horizontal organizations are different than operating or vertical organizations, and those differences need more study and recognition. Horizontal and vertical functions seems to be usefully combined at the inter-local level. Likewise, the capabilities of local governments and their ability to federate in different configurations for different purposes need more recognition.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Basins | Business organizations | Water resources | Resource management | Federal government | Local government | Watersheds

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